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.

Suited Up! It Was Time!

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Standing in the shadows or watching from a distance is so much easier to do.  Reading blogs from some of our Super Bloggers (you all know who you are), liking tweets and re-tweeting  has been pretty much the bulk of my social media contribution.  I have paid close attention to the past few years how blogs, facebook and twitter have been a much needed tool to get information out that is vital to every student, in every school district, in the State of Oklahoma; information that is, or can be, life transforming for the youngest among us.  Everyone who has taken up their pen, phone, computer, I-pad, tablet, or has worked tirelessly, face to face with those who have a voice in education,  I commend you!  You have done well! Don’t let up! The stakes are too high and they grow higher everyday.  The latest announcements of revenue shortfalls and the possibility of lower mid-year adjustments  should only strengthen our resolve to ensure that the children are taken care of.  This is why “Marvel Agents of Education” has officially stepped into this (blog) arena. There is so much that has already been said many times and in many different ways (and yes, will need to be said many times more) that a majority of my future posts will be from a different angle, but at the same time addressing the same issues.

I think I should start with a little introduction first….. Why not have my name as part of my Twitter account or blog?  I think Rick said it best during okeducationtuths coming out party.  And by the way…that was pretty cool as I watched from the shadows.  If you want to know why…well, you’ll have to go back and revisit the past and read his blog 🙂  Chances are you already have, as well as many of the other bloggers out there and as you know there are many Great Ones! As a matter of fact, that night, with all the fellow supporters of education changing their avatars to superheroes…Marvels Agents of Education was born. As my bio states, “You know who we are, We are You.” You, You created, You are our children’s hope and You are the Agents of Education. It may very well rest with all of us. United as ONE to engage on behalf of those who look up to us! That’s who we are. Between all of us, their is enough passion, knowledge, wisdom and (super) power to encourage, assist, and if needed redirect the future for our students’ education.  We are needed. Now back to that introduction.

First of all, many of you already know me.  You may or may not be followers on Twitter or I may not be a follower of you, but nonetheless many of us are friends in the general sense.  I am in education, which will become obvious from some of the facts and figures and other points that will be made in later posts.  Education has not been my only avenue of providing for my family.  I spent many years in the business world working for two of the largest oil field related companies in their respective field.  I count my time spent with those companies as a blessing and appreciate the wisdom gleaned from that experience. Through contacts made during those times and after I entered the education realm, I was honored and humbled by two separate phone calls from two different sitting Governors’ offices. Both times I was asked if I would sit on a certain committee that met every month at the Capitol to help guide and direct one of the State Intenties. I accepted the second request (Gov. Henry) and was appointed to the committee where I remained for five years.  I left to take my current position.  During the early 2000’s, I was fortunate enough to have written/co-written three books utilized in education that are still being used today and have been translated into other languages to be used in other parts of the world.  I have truly been blessed and humbled by these experiences.  I never take lightly what has been placed in front of me and I realize it’s time to take the wisdom gained from those experiences and the knowledge gained from my current positions and put it to use in this way in an attempt to help stop the madness that is depleating our students funding and eroding away our educational principles.

My blanket statement of many of the issues before us today is this…..(1)ESAs are not good for Public Education Funding.  In no way is it better for any current student sitting in our classrooms, period! Rob has a great piece on this as well.  It will take its toll on many sources of funding (not just the ADM calculation). More on this in a later post. I was told by a Rep at the Capitol that they are not smart enough to see all the potential damage that can be done by a stroke of a pen.  But We can help educate them! (2)Funding for Public Ed must increase. Our students deserve  better and our teachers deserve better pay.  A one cent sales tax for education can be a good start.  It’s not a fix all but it is a step in the right direction. (3) Stop cutting taxes and taking money away from our kids!  You can not keep taking pie filling out of the pie! It simply will not feed as a many people like it once did! Lower taxes will not create more revenue for Education. Oh BlueCereal….I am fixing to go SuperMarvel if I’m not careful so I will stop for now.  I have so MUCH more to say…..and I intend on doing just that!  One more thing……..If you have ever been in a classroom or stood up for your children (our children), You are One of Us! You are an Agent of Education!  United as ONE for those who look up to us! And remember, no matter the need when it comes to our young ones, we have a choice! Set back and let them destroy the education of our students or you can dawn the suit of an Agent and fight! It wont be easy but it is worth it! We have ramped up our efforts to protect our students funding and schools. We callout the unwise and demand they do what is right. We will not stop! Our goal is greater than anyone of us to take on by ourselves. But if asked to go it alone we would. Join us. Put on the suit. Its not just any suit….. its the suit of an Agent of Education. A suit that you can wear with your head held high because YOU stood up for what is right! Our students need you.. End of transmission. ….