So, does anyone remember this? I do!! We shut the school down both years so that my entire staff could attend. Contingency ha! I’m, actually, in there somewhere. I think I was rocking a sweater that day and it got a little toasty.
It was amazing to see passionate educators from across this great state come together at OUR Capitol. I mean, it is the “people’s house” or that’s what Governor Fallin keeps referring to it as. Has anyone noticed that she usually says this after asking the legislature for more money to continue the fixer upper project? And if it is my house then I call dibs on Speaker of the House Hickman’s office! Last time I was in there it was pretty plush and roomy compared to some of the other closet sized offices.
I post this picture because of the opportunity for an “un-rally rally.” Now as wonderful and amazing that the two previous rallies were and they were, I believe the time is perfect for an un-rally. No parking, getting on a bus at Remington Park, then standing and listening to pro-Oklahoma education speakers. No..no…no! I’m talking about showing up in droves for some very important goings on at the Capitol, OUR HOUSE, tomorrow! I’ve seen it all over social media…call or email your legislators over consolidation, vouchers, and such. Instead of calling or emailing, we should just all show up to the un-rally! Most schools are out tomorrow in observance of President’s Day, so us overpaid, no good, budget sucking Superintendents will get a break from the waaa-bags at the DOK calling for our jobs because we had the audacity to fight for our kids.
Let me lay out some agenda items for you:
- Take a tour of OUR HOUSE as soon as you get there to familiarize yourself with the the lay of the land. It’s as confusing as St. Francis hospital in Tulsa. Make sure to ask to see Representative Denney’s office and check if any ALEC or OCPA cronies are lurking.
- It’s going to be a quick tour as the Senate on Education Committee gets going at 9:00 a.m. in room 535. Plus, Governor Fallin keeps alluding to the fact that is smells of dookie, as my 2-year old calls it. So you might want to skip the tour all together, but still go say hi to Representative Denney. I’m sure she’ll love it.
- If you come with a group make sure half of them get over to Room 412C for the 10:30 a.m. showing of Bad Educational Policy directed by Representative Lee Denney and produced by ALEC. It’s going to be a doozy! K-8 consolidation on the docket. I’m sure the overflow room will be standing room only. They probably should move this one to The ‘Peake.
- You’ll have a bit of a break before the grand finale. This might be a great time to grab some grub or stop by and thank those legislators who, actually, support public education. However, if you choose the grub route, might I suggest Jamil’s Steakhouse. It’s so good!
- Hustle back to the Capitol to hear just how great vouchers are and school choice, even though we are a state of school choice. Once again in Room 412C at 3 p.m. is where Representative Nelson will present his voucher nugget. Six of the committee members co-authored this bill. SIX!! Also, it may get to the point that the stinch from the bill and the building may get confusing, so, please, try to remain focused.
- Then head home with a smile knowing that you attended the First Annual Un-rally for Education.
Now, I’d love to sit here and say that all the calls and emails will be enough to get these horrible pieces of junk legislation killed in committee and I hope that it will be enough. However, it really just may take an un-rally to get the lawmakers to see how truly passionate we Oklahoma educators can be.
I’m in!!!! When’s Spring Break?!?!