Community Support Abounds for Teachers

Hello, fellow teachers! 

Over Christmas break I had some time to reflect on my traveling and speaking engagements to some very diverse groups. One of my biggest takeaways is the amazing community support for public education across the entire state, in spite of what our Legislature may or may not be getting done.

I am not oblivious to the difficulties we have faced in recent years with regard to funding and salaries, but overwhelming support and encouragement from our local communities and stakeholders has grown in tandem with our struggles. I read a statistic the other day that showed that statewide, over 85 percent of local education bond issues pass.

The public stands behind us as strongly as I have ever seen in my 35 years of working in education. And while it may not happen as fast as I would like, that backing will soon translate into some much needed and well-deserved changes.

I, for one, greatly appreciate and am in awe of the amazing things so many of you are doing in the midst of these tough times, and evidently, that appreciation is not limited to myself. Our communities recognize and appreciate you as well.

Be encouraged, and have a great second semester!

Jon Hazell
2017 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year

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Last updated on January 31, 2018