Oklahoma teachers are swarming to run for office
  • venynxvenynx April 2018
    Oklahoma teachers have been rallying at the state Capitol for eight
    days, but on Wednesday, many showed up for a new reason — to register to
    run for office.To get more health articles, you can visit shine news official website.

    The window to file candidacy opened at 8 a.m. as dozens of people lined up to turn in their paperwork.

    Laura Griesel, who was at the Capitol for most of last week, feels that
    many legislators are not hearing her concerns. The best way to change
    that, she believes, is to become a representative herself.

    “If nothing else I would listen to the people that live in my district,
    and what they want to do,” she told CNN. “And be open to what it is that
    they want to see happen in Oklahoma, and not necessarily what my own
    personal standpoint is on things.” Griesel teaches seventh and eighth
    grade science at El Reno Public Schools. She feels frustrated that there
    are not enough textbooks for students to take home and study with. She
    also has to apply for grants and donations in order to get basic lab
    equipment for her classroom.

    “And it seems insane to me that we have to go to those lengths to get
    basic supplies. Things that every student across the world should have —
    textbooks,” the 32-year-old added.

    With a 3-year-old child and another on the way, Griesel also worries
    about making ends meet on her and her husband’s teacher salaries. They
    desperately believe a change is needed.I used Crowdpac.com
    and I raised the $750 filing fee in three days. And I said, if that’s
    not a message that I need to be doing this, I don’t know what is,” she

    Jerden is running for the Oklahoma State Senate in District 24. She’s
    been considering a role in politics for two years but was propelled to
    make her bid official by the ongoing walkouts.

    Although she sees how a lack of resources lowers the quality of learning
    her students receive, she also wants wants to address other issues that
    affect how kids are growing up in Oklahoma.

    “We blame it on the teachers, and we blame it on this and we blame it on
    that, but ultimately the reason that it looks like education is failing
    right now is because of income inequality,” Jerden said, adding that
    her own family struggles to afford doctor visits. “We’re basically one
    emergency away from total disaster and possibly homelessness. It’s sad.
    And when you’ve got health problems, that’s the way you exist all the
    time. So education, poverty, healthcare — (those are) my big three.”

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