Across the state, Oklahoma families are preparing to send their kids off for another year filled with homework assignments, tests, and after school activities. As a father of five kids who all attend a small, rural public school in Oklahoma, I understand firsthand the importance of a child’s education. Primary education provides the foundation a child needs to be successful the rest of their life.
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to tour several schools in the Second District to see what kind of tools and resources students are provided and also how they operate on a daily basis. I was amazed by the innovative and creative ways teachers prepare students these days. I remain hopeful that we can and will continue to supply our children with the best facilities, tools, teachers, and resources to ensure their success further down the road. While more work needs to be done to improve our education system, I have full faith that our parents and communities are the best suited to push for those changes on a state level. I have confidence that Oklahoma families will work with the state legislature to craft innovative solutions to our state budget’s needs and will continue to improve teacher pay and education infrastructure.
Education is the most valuable tool that we can give to the next generation. Providing resources for our educators and our students should be a top priority in our community. Oklahoma has the opportunity to give our kids the one-on-one, high quality education every child deserves when the power is in the hands of those who know them best. Parents and teachers know their students. They know their strengths and weaknesses. They know their hopes and dreams. No one wants to see students be successful more than the parents and teachers who work with them every day. This is why I continue to advocate to remove control from Washington bureaucrats and empower local leaders to drive education policy.
I believe that my role as your link to the federal government is to get government out of the way of Oklahoma’s educational system. Instead of having a government that mandates how each school should be run or students should be taught, our government should be giving control to those that truly know what’s best for the students: the parents and teachers who actually spend time with their kids and their kid’s education.
It could be argued that the most important duty we have in our communities is to educate the young minds of the future. They are the successors of our community and the roles they will fill as teachers, doctors, laborers, engineers, farmers, soldiers, and more will determine the future of our communities.