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School foundation officials: Votes in school board elections really matter

BY MILES TOLBERT AND LORI DICKINSON Published: February 6, 2013
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School board service certainly isn't glamorous. It's tough and often thankless, but done well can make a world of difference. In Oklahoma City, the school board oversees an operating budget of more than $300 million. It's responsible for the academic well-being of 45,000 students. In short, the school board shapes the future of our city. This is not a small job to be done by people chosen by a small number of voters. Given the role Oklahoma's largest school district can play in propelling or holding back the city and even the state, the crowds at polling locations should resemble rush-hour traffic.

The Foundation for Oklahoma City School Public Schools surveyed each candidate on a variety of issues. Their responses are available at www.okckids.com. Please spend at least a few minutes getting to know the candidates. Don't let the opportunity pass on Tuesday to speak up for the children by making your vote an investment in their success.

Tolbert is chairman of the board, and Dickinson is president and CEO, of The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools.