Stillwater News Press

February 19, 2014

Stillwater educators will attend late March rally at the Capitol

By Mark Rountree
Stillwater News Press

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater schools will remain in session March 31, but teachers, staff, administrations and students will be allowed to attend an education rally in Oklahoma City in support of public education.

The Stillwater Board of Education voted Tuesday to approve a resolution by the Oklahoma Education Coalition, which is staging the rally at the Capitol in support of more funding for education. Debbie Vincent, Eric Gudgel and Camille DeYong voted in favor of the resolution, while Kevin Clark and John Price voted against it.

Vincent said she is unsure about the effectiveness of the rally but having it might bring more attention to the problem of common education funding.

“It’s important for Stillwater to be represented,” DeYong said. DeYong also said that a more powerful way to effect change in public education funding would be for people to contact their state representatives.

The rally is a unified effort by several organizations to encourage legislators to increase public school funding and not further diminish current revenue streams.

Parents, family members, school board members, teachers, staff employees and administrators are invited to the event, which begins at 10:30 a.m. on the south side of the Capitol.