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Child advocate: Stand up for Oklahoma's future

BY BRIAN HUNT Published: February 9, 2013

Stand for Children supports reforms aimed at ensuring children are reading on grade level by third grade, challenging curriculum that prepares students for 21st-century jobs, and ensuring Oklahoma seniors meet high school graduation testing requirements, stronger and better evaluation of our teachers, and school choice that ensures accountability and rigor in our public charter schools. But we must make strategic investments that actually reach the classrooms. Having traveled the state and visited with lawmakers in rural and urban districts, I'm optimistic about the strong commitment to ensuring this legislative session brings those much-needed investments for implementation.

Oklahomans expect our tax dollars to be invested wisely in policies that matter for our collective future. Recently, we've seen growth in state revenue — and this legislative session we'll bring a laser-like focus to ensuring investments in education reach our classrooms, make a difference in student achievement and put our state on a path to economic success for generations to come. Together, we can face the tough challenges ahead and put our children and Oklahoma's future first.

Hunt is executive director of Stand for Children Oklahoma.