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Parent Legislative Action Committees join forces for state coalition to fight for education

Posted: 10:23 PM, Jan 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-17 04:23:20Z
Parent advocacy groups join forces for education

TULSA, Okla. — Parents tell us when they reach out at the capitol, lawmakers listen. Now 10 Parent Legislative Action Committees from across the state are coming together.

"We've seen a lot of parents really wake up and understand that they need to vote in every election and they need to contact their legislator. Really I think people are just now understanding that what happens in Oklahoma City has a huge impact on what happens in their child's classroom," Bixby co-chair Lisa Kramer said.

Lisa Kramer said she first got involved with the Bixby group after struggling to have a voice in her district.

"I sent my local representative an email and asked him if he would meet me for lunch, my husband and I, and I never even got a response," Kramer said.

Coming out of last year's teacher walkout the goal for this group is largely to add teachers and funding to classrooms. For one Jenks parent, it's been her mission for a long time.

"Ten years ago I went to the capitol for the first time to talk about class sizes. It's amazing that ten years later that's still a topic of conversation but it feels like we may finally get some traction," Melissa Abdo said.

The statewide parent group will make its debut at the capitol tomorrow morning, and they plan to brainstorm common goals before the session begins.

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