It’s not because of my students, or planning lessons, or grading, or trying to keep up with two teenage boys at home, or even working two side jobs.
I’m tired of how bleak things look for Oklahoma public schools. I’m tired of going online and reading all the devastating news about funding (or complete lack thereof). I’m tired of hearing about what seems like an endless stream of bills coming from the OK legislature that is doing its damnedest to destroy public education. I’m tired of trying to keep up with all of it so I can keep myself and others informed of what’s going on here in this state that I love and call home. I’m tired of tweeting and posting all of this gloom and doom. I’m tired of feeling helpless and hopeless.
I’m tired of feeling like those of us in education are the only ones fighting this battle. There aren’t NEAR enough parents and community members screaming at the top of their lungs how ridiculous all of this is. For that matter, there aren’t near enough educators screaming either. They’re all just trying to get by. I can’t say that I blame them. In the past, I had my head in the sand when it came to these issues. What was the point in trying to get involved? It’s not like I can do anything all by my little self.
But I can. I can make my little voice heard, if even by only a few, or even one. That’s what I can do. I can share what I know about this mess and try to get others involved in rattling their sabers. I can tweet and post what’s going on (to the annoyance of friends and family, I’m sure) in the hopes that the news will be retweeted and reposted to let those in the legislature know we are watching and we are fed up. I can contact legislators and let them know how I feel about bills as a parent and an educator.
It’s exhausting, but it’s what I can do.
Local school officials already lost $46.7 million of their state funding in January and had been bracing for the loss of up to 3 percent more in March. But on Thursday, state budget officials delivered them an additional 4 percent reduction, totaling $62.3 million.