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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, United States
I have worked with children and in public schools for 41 years. I taught elementary school in Mid-Del PS, Norman PS, Watonga PS, Cleveland and Tulsa Union PS. I am committed to do everything I can do to help every child in OK to have an excellent public school education. I am also committed to the common good of the people of Oklahoma

Thursday, August 18, 2016

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My opponent is no friend of public schools.  He has said publicly that he is in OKC to help morality and God will take care of the finances.  We did not elect him to take care of our morals!   He is an elected representative to take care of the state's business and obligations.  The largest obligation is public schools.

The largest employers in HD76 are public schools.   Brumbaugh has done nothing to help, but has harmed.  He authored and continually supported income tax cut bills which have left our state 1.2 billion dollars short of operating funds.  He supports vouchers to take public money and give it to private schools.

He authored and voted for a bill which would not allow municipalities to set their own pay scales.

He has the Koch brothers' bible, the ALEC book of laws, right on his desk to keep introducing legislation written from afar to hurt mainstream Oklahomans, such as voucher and charter school laws which would dismantle public education even more.

He does not have the best interests of children or the middle class in his sight.

It's time to put a teacher in the legislature.
- We want to actively dismantle tax exemptions for the few and put that money back into the state coffers where:
  • Education funding would be restored and schools could hire teachers instead of letting them go. 
  •  We want Oklahoma to accept Federal health dollars which would stop our hospitals and nursing homes from closing and restore health care to the thousands whose services  have been dropped 
  • We would invest in children who are hurting in dysfunctional families with more services to wrap around those families to bring them up, instead of tearing them down.
  • We  would pay our bills for public services before cutting taxes.  
  • We would invest in more mental health services to get the mentally ill out of the prison system. 
  •  We want to invest in drug treatment programs to get people back on their feet to be functioning citizens
  • We also want public employees to have their retirement systems in tact without ALEC legislation to try to destroy them.
  • We want to let towns and municipalities make their own decisions about their employees' pay and benefits.  
  •  We want to be a shining star state instead of one which lags at the bottom of comparison lists for supporting its citizens.

-We want to lift our citizens up to stand and thereby lift others up until we are all standing tall in this state!

Glenda Puett

Who I AM

I am a regular person.  
  • I am a retired teacher with 39 years of regular classroom experience and 2 more years        of reading tutoring and subbing
  • I am a wife of a retired government teacher/football coach.
  • I am a mother of two extraordinary daughters.  
    • The older lives in Austin who holds a PhD in Religious Studies and is an adjunct professor at a seminary and a visiting scholar at UT.  She is the founder and director of a non-proffit, the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life
      • She is married to a CTO of an online firm in Austin
      • She is  the mother of two of my precious grandchildren;  a fifth grade son and a second grade daughter
    • The younger lives in Owasso and is a reading specialist for Owasso Public Schools.
      • She is married to Owasso's 7th grade Center's vocal music teacher
      • She is the mother of my other two grandchildren who attend Owasso schools: a fourth grade son and a first grade son plus a three month old granddaughter.  
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  • I am a CASA volunteer (Court Appointed Child Advocate), where I represent children        in court who have been removed from their homes by DHS.
  • I am a life long learner.  I earned two MEd degrees.   I belong to a book club.  I read as       much as I can.
  •  I CARE!   If I think that something is unfair, I look for ways to solve problems.   I can't       just sit and complain!

  • I am NOT a politician!   I am not looking to further a career, to gain power, to smooze,          to rise in the ranks, etc.  I am just a plain old person who is willing to step up when        injustices happen to people.   The past legislatures have heaped injustice on                      children, my legislator included.   
  • My issues are not political party issues, they are for all people who care about children.
  • I say ENOUGH!
  • I am running for HD 76.
  • I am qualified because I CARE!

Choose teaching.....

I have a very intelligent former student who attends an excellent university who decided that she felt the calling to be an elementary school teacher and is now questioning her choice.  Why would anyone want to commit their souls and lives to a career which is harangued every day in the press; which is blamed for most of society's ills, whose path is controlled by people whose knowledge of public education is that they once were a student (and perhaps just at a private school); whose curriculum is chosen for memorization of facts instead of true understanding without teacher input; which judges the worth of a teacher by a high stakes test;  whose partisan enemies seem to be on the path to close down public schools and give all the tax money to for-profit entities to add to their pockets;  whose "reform" measures put into place by lawmakers is understood by teachers as being harmful to children and teachers.

Why would anyone consider becoming a public school teacher in this public environment that wretches the soul from these dedicated professionals?

Children.  Precious children.  Children whose eyes sparkled at new discoveries.  Children whose lives are brighten by a smile and a hug. Children who crave discussion without judgement.  Children who are hungry to know more.  Children whose joy spreads into learning for all.  Children whose potential is on the cusp of blooming.  Children.

Teaching is the most noble of professions.  It has as its base people who see the future in eyes of children and are dedicated to make that future as successful as possible, with their knowledge, their waking and sleeping time and their hearts.

I know great teachers.  I know their stories of joy and frustration.  I know their dedication to children.  I know that there are few ineffective teachers, but that is an administrative issue because they have the means to help or even get rid of them.  99% of the teachers I have known in my 39 years of being involved in public education all around Oklahoma are heroes in the classroom.

Children need  great teachers.  Children need public schools.  Our state's future needs public schools.  Our country needs public schools.  THIS is the mail reason I am running for HD 76.  I want students to regard a career in public education to be an excellent prospect because public schools are respected as the base of this democracy and are adequately funded as a reflection of that respect.