The POWER To Change Things!

Are you ready? It’s time! Time to finish what we started. Time to ensure the students and Public Education are given the respect that they deserve. Yes it’s time to stand and represent what’s good in Oklahoma. We have the power to change the future! A future much different than the present and recent past. Why?

The past 7 years of legislative failures have taken a devastating tole on all of #oklaed and other public agencies. The leadership of the red arrow was at the helm. Driving us into a dark place.

This didn’t happen overnight. No, as a matter of fact it happened over a period of time of continuos erosion. Erosion that started with a stream of ideology that was not only self serving for those in power but it slowly stripped away the supporting structures of our state and Public Education. Was that their intent….by their hand they started the trickle that would later turn into a stream of events that would bring devastating disasters. 

One disaster (revenue failure) after another! Why? Because they wanted to! Yes….they wanted to! But, it came at a cost. You see they lacked the wisdom to understand what would happen if it all went south. The cuts, tax incentives and the natural cycle of oil prices finally said….gotcha! 

Problem is…it hurt the innocent. Some were laid off, health care facilities closed and cuts to support structures for all agencies across Oklahoma. They did it! Do not forget it! However their are some in their ranks who support wisdom and stand up for Public Education and it’s students. Agents we support those who do so and stand against all who go along with the ideologies that brought us to this point. Like the picture above they have cut us deep! It’s time to stop the bleeding and the continuous eroding away of Public Education funding and this great states supporting structures. We must take back what has been lost. Agents we have the power to change things. 


We must get the message out to everyone that will listen. That message must be…wise leaders look at the big picture and look after everyone by making wise decisions that in turn will benefit all, not just the privileged! Together Agents we can stand at the top!

Stand with us! Do not relent. Take charge of you destiny and help secure the future of the young. To many have suffered at the hands of a few. Let’s stop the eroding away of our states finances and start accending to the top where we belong! It’s out there….can you see it? We have a little ways to go and a lot of work to do in order to climb to the top, but United As ONE we can do all that is necessary! Walk with us…..

Its a journey worth the effort. Together we can move mountains! 

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The Time Draws Near!

In just a little more than one month away our time of reckoning comes to pass. We have fought for and stood our ground for every student, teacher administrator and district in #oklaed. Your gallant efforts have paid off time and time again over the past 10 months. Heads have turned back in the direction of the districts and most of all our students and teachers. Respect has once again started to smile at what #oklaed has, is and will continue to be…..and that Agents is….. GREATNESS! You are all awesome and someone I am proud to call friends. You fight like lions, because you are!

You have stood together with pride….honor….ferociousness when needed but most of all you have been wise!

Your integrity coupled with the passion of  thousands of hearts beating as one for our students is powerful. Agents that’s why Rick aka Agent Truth Teller or by the name that once provided a mystery to who it might be behind Okeducationtruths did what he needed to do. He still continues to do it today but without the veil. That night of the unveiling was a memorable night for everyone. I know it was for me. That was the night MARVELS was born. It’s been almost a year now since Marvel’s first tweet and December was the first blog post. SUITED UP! IT WAS TIME! Needless to say Okeducationtruths, Edgeblogger, Bluecerealeducation and the first Lady Claudia Swisher along with so many more showed me the way! And with that I say a big THANK YOU! 

I found the #oklaed family that has been spectacular! You are all awesome and tenacious when it comes to defending your calling. And DEFEND we must! I do not need to list all the DAMAGE  or all the AGENDAS that still loom on the horizon but I must remind all of us…NOVEMBER is crucial. We’ve rested but now it’s time to ramp back up. I know you will be ready.

About three weeks ago I signed up for this coming Sundays #oklaed chat. I alluded earlier to the unmasking party of okeducationtruths and how that gave birth to MARVELS Agents of Education. So Agents, at this Sundays chat you will need to be wearing your suit (avatar). Hero or villian, it’s your night! For the #oklaed cause! The topic specifics will come later this week but a small taste is in order. It will center around #oklaed yesterday, today and tomorrow. Hint….what do you want your #oklaed’s Tomorrow to look like and what are you going to do about it? But first we must take care of the Present by looking at Yesterday! So think about days past and how that has shaped today and if it’s our tomorrow! Tell all the Agents within twitter – shot to tune in. Because together we are United As ONE! See you Sunday.

The reasons are still there!

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Can you see them? Look close…peer into the darkness. The reasons are still there. What once was, still is to this day. Reasons for liberty, justice and pursuit of happiness. Reason to why you give everything you have to educate the young so that they can move forward in and have the best chance for success in life. Those reasons will always be there. Agents you took an oath when you started the journey of influence over the young minds of yesterday, today and tomorrow. You are duty bound to fulfill your destiny. Destiny….yes, we are destined to instill the tools needed to achieve greatness! Your destiny….that is so intertwined with the students you teach and so vitally important that we must ensure it can be fulfilled to fullest. Agents you have been ignored in the past to the point our students and schools are starting to suffer. It’s time…

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The reasons are still there!

Can you see them? Look close…peer into the darkness. The reasons are still there. What once was, still is to this day. Reasons for liberty, justice and pursuit of happiness. Reason to why you give everything you have to educate the young so that they can move forward in and have the best chance for success in life. Those reasons will always be there. Agents you took an oath when you started the journey of influence over the young minds of yesterday, today and tomorrow. You are duty bound to fulfill your destiny. Destiny….yes, we are destined to instill the tools needed to achieve greatness! Your destiny….that is so intertwined with the students you teach and so vitally important that we must ensure it can be fulfilled to fullest. Agents you have been ignored in the past to the point our students and schools are starting to suffer. It’s time for it to stop! Change is on the horizon if we maintain our focus! Change… is on the horizon even if we don’t do anything, however it won’t be for our students benefit. You see, change is coming one way or another, that I assure you. They want to give our students education away in the name of a select multitude attending Private or Home School choices. We all know this will strip finances away from a riddled school budget. They want to continue to lower taxes stripping finances away from a already crippled state. They want some of you….to just go away! Hard truth, yes, but truth all the same. I say NO! We will not let this happen. We have an opportunity to help make change happen. The time is now. Will all the changes happen that we want to see? No, of course not, but we must begin the process of much needed changes to be made now in order to build upon them later. We must continue the great start we have and continue it throughout the runoffs and then into November. Ahhh yes, November elections. The BIG one! President time….I really don’t know about you….wait I take that back I do know how some of you feel about this or that canidate 🙂 but I’m not to overwhelmingly impressed with either person. There is enough baggage and garbage on both sides to keep a TSA agent busy for a year just sorting thru it. Wisdom is needed here.

I spent the entire span of last week with the BIG GUY taking in some of this great nation’s beauty and wonder….and wonder I did. I wondered about several issues and how or if they ever could be remedied. It was at one of my first stops after two days of transporting that I came to what I call “The Reason’s” I was at my destination during the late evening time and this mountain stood before me…seen in the picture above. I was captivated by the object that was before me. It’s enormity in conjunction with the shadows and blue dusky sky was….well inspiring. I knew right away I had to take a picture. This moment for me had to be preserved so that I may draw upon it whenever needed. Even though I had no clue why I was taking not one but 11 pictures of this dark mass in front of me I knew it held great importance for not only me but for everyone in the entire modern world and yes I said world and  #oklaed in particular.

 I was told there would be an event within 20 minutes at our location that would shed light on why I was here. I can not tell you the anticipation I felt as the minutes clicked by.  I was…well….overwhelmed! What lay out there in the distance was everything i needed and what America hinged on. The reasons we fight for out students schools and teachers rest out there. The reasons we vote and stay active politically are reflections from the huge mass that I axiously awaited to show its self. You could feel it’s presence and it’s beckoning for justice through the system in which it was a part of today. I could feel it staring at me as if to ask….what are you going to do Agent? You have the power….it’s been given to you and everyone else in #oklaed.  Change it! Do what’s needed..stand up for the young…uphold the core principles of your trade because you are worthy! That’s what I heard. It kept saying it over and over as I stood there. I wanted to start typing but I didn’t want to look away for one second. I would continue to stare until the mountain faded and darkness took its place. And so it happened not the big finally mind you but something else. In the darkness I saw what might be if we didn’t do our part to fix things. I saw darkness! It was cold and there was no light and I didn’t like it.

 So I held my telecommunications device up to represent hope if only until more light came. I can not explain it in any other way but this……more light CAME! There it was….the beckoning of Wisdom! The call to every Agent to STAND! Stand up for the young, stand for the teachers and stand up for Public Education. By doing so you will in turn be standing up for all of humanity! After all a well educated child has a far better chance of being a contributing and successful individual to a world that is in much need of wisdom coupled with compassion. Agents we must do our part. In the runoffs and general let’s stand together for eachother. Please vote for change in our state and keep your ears open so you can make a wise choice for President. Our kids deserve it! And remember “We Are United As ONE! Those represented in the picture below faced overwhelming odds in their days. Opposition was strong and it took every ounce of their being to see progress and justice done. They set before us today to remind us that we are hear to ensure the present and future for the young is one that is worthy and one that we can be proud of. Stand strong Agents and never give up!

REMEMBER!!!

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In just two days we decide! Remember why….it’s worth it! You are strong. Unite together and stand tall!

AUGUST 23rd is in six days! We must remember why and how we got here. Those who put you in this position blame you and sadly blame the students for being poor and not being smart enough. Maybe they have not used those words but their actions speak volumes. AGENTS we must take back what is our kids’ before the result is utter devastion. We must work hard to get those who are pro public education into office on August 23rd. WE MUST! FIGHT LIKE YOU NEVER HAVE! STAND STRONG by STANDING TOGETHER and UNITED AS ONE!

Below are some things to help us to REMEMBER.

UDATED! In recent statements Doerflinger and Speaker Hickman pointed their fingers like children on the playground in the direction of State Superintendent Hoffmeister! Claiming that she doesn’t grasp the finacial aspects of the job she holds. REALLY? I can name many areas of finance and leading this State where both men have been inadequate to say the least. Doerflinger points out that the 1017 fund oversight was the States Superintendents oversight….Whose office does those numbers go through, who certifies those numbers, who declares those numbers and relays them to the masses????? OMES! Your office Secretary of Finance….You do and you did! Oh but wait….here I come to save the day….OMES found it at just the right time! If it wasn’t so ridiculous it would be laughable. You are incompetent sir and you need to resign! Speaker Hickman…..you make excuses for the text book ban or zero account. You said the State Superintendent told you toooo. It’s just not our fault that darn oil. Once again…the attitude is this…we are legislators and we know what is best. And how dare you come out and tell the truth it makes us look bad 😦 Suck it up and take your medicine Speaker! Let me see if I can recall some…just a few of your BAD decisions that have strangled Oklahoma’s revenue! 1) Tax cut #1. 2)The TRIGGER! 3) Tax cut #2 I won’t talk about tax incentives (Billions) record oil years and NO teacher pay raises! Of but wait some got raises (Doerflinger) and the top 1% of income earners in Oklahoma! Their average income of $930,000/year. They make 20% of all income in the State! We have set a State record for all time in this area…All Time! When did this start happening….8 years ago! Coincidence???? Tax cuts, triggers, incentives, tax cuts. How’s the teacher payraises coming….oh wait, never mind. To busy running OUR State into the ground while padding the pockets of that 1%. You want help…..ask…it’s here. But I really don’t see that happening anytime soon…not really to any credible degree. It’s not in your DNA! It’s time we take back that wich belongs to the children! You can not and will not put them first. So we must and we will.

AGENTS our time is the present! Get out and work for the cause, for the children, for the Pro Public Education canidates! No more cuts, triggers, esa’s, consolidation and I’ll placed tax incentives! AGENTS we must stand! It’s TIME!!!!

Below is my original post a few months ago:

Did you see it?  There it was.  It didn’t take long. Actually it was a little faster than I had expected, but if I was one of the minds that contributed to this mess that we are in I might have acted quickly as well. I saw it.  I saw the tell tale signs of what is to come.  I should say…..what less than truth (I must be honest, what LIES) we will be fed.  But first a recap.  Rep. Hickman, Senator Jolley and finance secretary Preston Doerflinger addressed the public with their take on just how we got here (oil! yes, yes lets blame them) and that schools are not really doing as bad as we think. Actually the jest was that we are better off now than we ever have been and it is our faults that out teachers haven’t got a much needed raise. “See Below”

“School districts have more money to spend than they ever have,” Hickman said, when asked about school funding.

“Our concern is if we’re spending more money than we ever have, why is that not getting into teacher salaries?” Hickman said. “In large part, those dollars haven’t gotten to where they needed to go.”

Ok, now did you see it???? Not only are we to “Blame” for not spending the over abundance of money that our districts have wisely……but “Shame” on us for not passing it down to our teachers.  Right……the truth is the teachers and students are not a priority for you!

The Senator Jolley (I got your back dude) echoes the words of Rep Hickman.

“On average, no question, every school district in Oklahoma has more money than it’s ever had,” Jolley said. “Their argument is that they also have more students than they’ve ever had. Ironically, the chart that shows that Oklahoma leads the nation in cuts to spending does not include… a lot of dollars that are directly flowing to education. And that report is flawed and is not comparing apples to apples.”

Really…apples to apples?  These Rose colored glasses…..that I’m looking through….don’t show me the beauty…  Sorry okeducationtruths I know I was dabbling in your area but I couldn’t help it.  I will not dawn those glasses.  We will see it for what it is!  You speak of accountability…I say great, lets be accountable.
Just this past week a 3% cut was announced. This did not have to happen….nor should it have. We have put together some ways to generate revenue that we are currently sharing with them. We will see if they will Listen….
Its time! United As ONE!

The Foundation

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The time is at hand! August 23rd has come and gone. We have several Agents moving on but they need our help! We must not relent. This Novembers election can change history. Agents your comittment to #oklaed and it’s children has been noticed all across this great Nation. The legislators know it, the media knows it and yes even HYDRA fears the possibilities! I have all the faith in you and will continue to fight alongside of you until it’s finished. See it through with me and let’s get OUR Agents of Education elected into office and take BACK ,that which belongs to the young. By doing so all of Oklahoma will benefit and this State will be one that can say I support all. Below is a blog I posted months ago that stresses what Public Education means to all of humanity and what it might become if ALEC (HYDRA) and their confidante ‘ get their way! 

The Wise Man Built His House Upon A Rock! And the rains came tumbling  down. As the floods came up, the Wise Man’s house stood firm! A firm foundation  (cornerstone ) is the base or ground zero in which  everything  is supported. It should  be solid, bonded together with suitable materials  and cared for as time passes. The Foundation itself is the supporting  structure for everything we know today. Just look around. From fortune 500 companies to our incarceration population it all starts with the Foundation at some point. Now…there are variables at times that come into play no matter the Foundation that can change the outcome. However, the Foundation didn’t fail in those cases. Most likely it was one’s  choice to walk on shaky ground that caused their crumbling.
     As the picture above illustrates Education  is the foundation and the cornerstone in which everything is built upon. It ties everything  together. No government or businesses survive very long without it. On this foundation integrity and good citizenship are taught (built) as they are necessary for society to advance in meaningful ways. America was built upon this foundation. As the United States began to grow education  became ever so fundamentally important. Business  leaders began to see that a well educated public was key to a successful  business. Schools were built every 10 miles because it was important for every child to be able to attend a school. Needless to say education was a priority! As time passed on into the present day, education is still as important but the very businesses that benefited from a well educated society  saw education as a business  opportunity. Yes the reason to educate changed from building  the future to profiting off the those being educated. Instead of educating for the good of the individual some are trying to educate for the good of their wallet.
     ALEC and groups of simular cults believe their way is the best way. They care little about student success but rather success for the elite. Arm chair educators at best looking  to score on the backs of children. Public Education is the Foundation and is the Cornerstone of America. We have several legislators who are beholding to ALEC and others. ESA’s/vouchers and consolidation mongers. Wisdom must be used! Revenue failures will continue under this ideology. Our teachers  and staff are important and we should respect them and not pass bills that slap them in the face. Public Education is great! Improvements can be made here and there But those improvements take resources.  We owe it to the student’s of yesterday, today and tomorrow to ensure that the “Foundation” is solid. Because the Foolish Man built his house upon the sand. Then the rains came down…and as the floods came up, the foolish man’s house went……SPLAT!
On June 28th the primary election was held. Several of our Agents made it to the Runoff in August or to the General election in November. They have suited up! Now is the time. They need our support! Some still toute ESA’S and consolidation. Some legislators stands firm in this ideology. It is unwise to allow this way of thinking to keep its foot hold in #oklaed. Agents we must stand! You all have your specialties…use them! We must win back #oklaed for the children! They look up to us and they depend upon us! Wisdom is needed! We Are United As ONE!