I’m hearing almost daily from teachers who are worried about what the future holds in light of our state’s revenue failure and deep mid-year cuts to education. Our governor, Mary Fallin, believes this 900.8 million dollar budget hole is an “opportunity” that will require
“creativity and hard-work” to find ways to pay for things that need to be paid for.
Our legislators are already “working hard” on some "creative” legislation aimed at taking away fully paid health insurance (HB 3154) and sending tax dollars to private schools (HJR 1062).
Ivy Riggs, OEA’s Legislative and Political Organizing Specialist, will be with us on February 17 to give us a legislative update. Please come and be informed! If you are unable to attend, there are legislative updates on the OEA websites (along with representative contact information) almost daily.
Let’s use this “opportunity” to stand together and fightfor teachers and public education!
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fantastic and restful break. It is really hard to believe we are already half way through the school year. This year seems to be much “fuller” for me than usual and I find myself becoming easily overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done. I have talked to lots of you who feel the same. What we do is exhausting!
Please know that you are recognized and appreciated! Thank you for working hard for your students. Thank you for all the extra hours you put in outside of the school day. Thank you for continuing to do the job that so many others are leaving. Thank you for belonging to
our organization and standing with us as we fight for the interests of teachers and public education in Oklahoma.
The January 2016 of the BEA Line newsletter is attached at the bottom of this post.
A glitch in the delivery system delayed the posting of the December 2015 BEA Line, but you'll now find it attached at the bottom of this post.
A glitch in the delivery system delayed the posting of the November 2015 BEA Line, but you'll now find it attached at the bottom of this post.
The October 2015 of the BEA Line newsletter is attached to this post.
I almost forgot to take a “break” over Fall Break. I spent hours doing lesson plans, looking over recent assessment data and regrouping my students, making changes and adjustments to the physical space in my room, and organizing several “piles” that have been glaring at me since August. I caught up on laundry, did some deep cleaning, grocery shopped, cooked and froze several meals, and bagged a ton of leaves. On Sunday night, I finally stopped long enough to go on a long walk with my seven year old and my parents. I “needed” to do a few more things at school, but I felt guilty for always being so busy with work so I relented and went. It was a beautiful night. The temperature was perfect, the leaves were crunching under our feet, the air was fresh, and the sunset was amazing. I enjoyed the conversation with my parents and watching Nora run and play and collect “treasures” from nature. To think I almost missed that to spend a few more hours at work is pretty disheartening.
Sadly, I think it is something that many of us do far too often. There is ALWAYS more to do at school and it is easy to let things get out of balance! So, I’m making a very conscious effort to find a better balance for the rest of the school year. I’m going to say “no” to all the pressing things at school sometimes and I encourage you to do the same.
I hope you all found some time to rest and relax during the break!
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