Rally Time!
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The Brighter Future #okedrally is Monday! Find out what you need to know below and watch the #okedrally Facebook and Twitter for immediate information and details.

Coming to the #okedrally? Wear RED for public ed!

Preliminary Schedule
10-11 a.m.: Staggered arrival times. See more information below.
10 a.m. to noon: Appointments with lawmakers.
11:30 a.m.: Entertainment provided by Brian Smith, Chameleon Entertainment 
12:30 p.m.: Rally begins on south steps of the Capitol with Mr. Floyd Cox, #okedrally Emcee. Scheduled speakers include:
  • The Honorable Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction 
  • Dr. Keith Ballard, Superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools 
  • Senator Randy Bass (Lawton), Senate Minority Leader
  • Representative Lee Denney (Cushing), House Speaker Pro Tempore 
  • Representative Scott Inman (Del City), House Minority Leader 
  • Mr. Jeffery Corbett, President of the Oklahoma Parent Teacher Association
  • Mr. Jason Proctor, Teacher, Tahlequah Public Schools, 2015 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year 
  • Ms. Deborah Samkutty, Student, Mustang Public Schools Class of 2015 
  • Mr. Kiante Miles, Student, Mustang Public Schools Class of 2015 
Presentation of Colors and Pledge of Allegiance to the United States and Oklahoma flags led by the Air Force Junior ROTC Cadets: Carl Albert High School, Mid-Del Schools 

National Anthem: Geralyn Haney, Faith Presley, Joelee Williams, and Ella Wisbauer, 4th Grade Students, Byng Elementary School, Byng Public Schools. Directed by Janice Presley, Teacher 

Advocacy

Are you prepared to meet with your legislator? Advocacy tips are available at www.okedrally.com Talking points and leave behind notecards will be available on the first floor of the Capitol Monday morning.

The rally will focus on ensuring a high-quality teacher for every classroom and common-sense testing. Make sure to review the talking points and think about how your child, students and schools have been impacted by these issues. Be ready to share your personal story with lawmakers and explain to them why these issues are important to you as a constituent. Personal stories have the greatest impact!

Examples to think about:
  • Has your school/district canceled a course because of the teacher shortage?
  • Is your child's class size higher than it was just a few years ago?
  • What other steps has your district taken to cope with the teacher shortages? Have you hired teachers with emergency certificates?
  • How has testing impacted your child/family or your school/classroom?
FIND YOUR LEGISLATOR
Transportation

Traffic Alert! The Turner Turnpike will be down to just one lane Monday both westbound and eastbound at Wellston for bridge work. The Turnpike Authority suggests exiting at Wellston and taking Rt. 66 if you’re coming from the Tulsa area and then, on the return trip, taking 66 to Wellston before getting on the turnpike. 

Staggered arrival times for school buses are suggested. Traffic flow and suggested arrival time maps are available at www.okedrally.comBus parking will be available near the Capitol. Part of Lincoln will be closed to allow safe crossing from the bus drop-off point.

Passenger car shuttle parking will be available at Remington Park, 1 Remington Pl, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 and limited parking is available in the lot south of Bass Pro, 200 Bass Pro Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73104.

Handicapped parking will be easiest at the Supreme Court Building southeast of the Capitol, at the Attorney General's office, west of the Capitol, and at the Jim Thorpe Building southwest of the Capitol.

Traffic updates will be provided through the #okedrally Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as on 1520AM during Scott Mitchell's live broadcast from the rally site.

Lunch

Food trucks are not allowed on Capitol property. You are welcome to bring a lunch or visit the more than a dozen food trucks that will be set up in the area. Scheduled trucks include:

2 Brothers Bistro
Burrito Bandido
Cornish Smokehouse
Galley Soul Food
G’s Chili Company
Foodies
Klemms Smoke Haus
Lalo’s I Love My Taco Chop
Mob Grill
OKC Street Eats
Pasta Monster
Pinky's Rolling Fresh
PLP
St. Paddy Cakes
The Sugar Shack

Make sure you are following the #okedrally website, Facebook and Twitter for updates!
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