Oklahoma PTA President Jeffery Corbett Speaks at Oklahoma Education Coalition Rally
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Vice President of Communications
Oklahoma PTA Calls on Legislature to Support Public Education
Delivered by Oklahoma PTA President, Jeffery Corbett on March 31, 2014
This morning I’m going to start with question: who pays for it? When schools run out of copy paper…who buys it? When schools run short of art supplies…who buys them? I’ll tell you who: teachers and parents. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of being an ATM.
Representative Turner has called the teachers gathered here today abusive lobbyists, accusing you of burning countless tax dollars in a paid protest. I have a question for him. When was the last time you pulled out your debit card to pay for the copy paper, ink pens and staples in your office? I believe you and I pay for those supplies too.
There is no school in the world that is better than its teachers. Teachers are the lifeblood of our education system. But, you can’t improve education if you can’t get people to teach.
To our elected officials, I say this: You must invest in teachers. You must give them support and opportunity to develop in their profession. You can’t do that with bargain basement funding and unsustainable salaries.
It is time for legislators and state leaders to work side-by-side with teachers, administrators and parents to turn our education system around.
It is time for the era of standardized tests as a dominant force in education to end. It is time to return to creative, individualized education—and to do that; we must turn our classrooms back over to our teachers.
It is time to take education out of the hands of testing companies. America spends $1.7 BILLION annually on standardized testing. What could be done if just half of those dollars were devoted to the classroom?
Today, I speak for more than 58,000 members of Oklahoma PTA. For 92 years we have stood alongside our teachers and administrators. Today we stand together, one strong voice for every child. Together we can make every child’s potential a reality.