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School Funding | 03/31/2016

Gissell Gonzalez
Member, Stand for Children Oklahoma

Gissell Gonzalez is an Oklahoma City parent and Stand for Children Oklahoma member.

This school year, I dropped my oldest son, Isaac, off at school for the first time. Like any mother, I was nervous as questions raced through my head. I wondered if he would like school, if he would make friends or if he would be okay.

I hugged Isaac one last time and made sure his shoes were tied right.

“Bye mommy,” he said quietly.

Then it was time to say goodbye.

As he walked into the school building he looked back and waved -- then he was gone.

As I drove away, I thought about how when I was only 12 we left Peru because my parents believed that, in Oklahoma, I would have a chance at a brighter future.

Now, as a mother of two, it’s my turn to do the same for my children. It’s my job to make sure they get the best education possible.

That task is becoming ever more difficult given that we’ve seen the largest cuts to education funding in the nation. I’m worried that if we do nothing there will be even less teachers and more overcrowded classrooms. And my children will pay the ultimate price --  but I’m not giving up.

I’m supporting State Question 779 because my children are worth every single penny. It’s sad we are 49th in the nation in teacher pay and 49th in education funding. This week, I went on a local Spanish television station to talk about how together we can make a difference and ensure that our voices are heard. 

I hope you’ll join me in supporting SQ 779 because a penny for our schools is worth it. Learn more about how you can join the movement to save our schools at: okchildrenourfuture.org

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