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Teaches, Educators Running for State Office Hoping for Election Victory

Oklahoma Watch

As the election approaches, many Oklahoma educators who say they’re fed up with low salaries and under-funded schools are running for the Legislature for the first time. 
These political novices don't necessarily agree on the best way to increase education funding. But many say the voices of those in the classrooms and school district offices should be given more attention by legislators and other elected officials.
More than two dozen so-called ‘teacher caucus’ candidates, mostly Democrats but also some Republicans, are running for legislative seats on a theme that common education needs to be a top priority for policymakers. A recent SoonerPoll survey found that a majority of Oklahoma voters consider education one of the three most important issues in the state.
It's unclear whether many 'teacher caucus’ candidates will win House or Senate seats on Nov. 8. At the least, some of them say they hope to rock the status quo, raising awareness that the quality of public education is critical for children and the state's future.
For the complete audio report on state question 792, go to Oklahoma Watch Report.