William Cagle

What ideas do you have to better the lives of Oklahoma’s children?

Education continues to be a priority among Oklahoma voters. As it stands now the state’s education system is horribly flawed. With a flawed system we cannot expect our children to achieve the great potential they are capable of. As we know children have great dreams. The modern education system takes those dreams and crushes them. The system often allows students to fall through the cracks on top of all this. The government and current Representatives are largely at fault for this. There are a few things we can do to work towards a solution. The first step is obvious and quite easy. We need to give teachers more autonomy in the classroom. They are professionals and received training in education. The next step is to increase funding to the classroom and improve teacher pay. We can start this process by limiting the pay and number of administrators and superintendents. We can also eliminate state income tax on teachers. This increases their take home pay. The last thing I will mention is school choice. Parents are the best people to decide what their child needs. They need to have the ability to send their children to the school best suited for them. This can be charter, public, or even private. Every student would have a set amount that can be spent on their education per year. Any cost over the allotted amount would be covered by the parent or other non taxpayer funded means. The amount set aside would be slightly more than necessary for public school. Any money left over at the end of the year will roll over and can go towards college or technical school up to a certain amount of time after graduation. These are just rough ideas. They will be refined as time goes on. The input of educators, parents, and voters has been important to forming this policy.

What have you done to support children prior to this election?

My Fiance is a teacher. I have taken the time to help her decorate her classroom and acquire materials for students.

What will you do to support families in your new role, if elected?

Criminal justice reform is very important. I would work to eliminate jail or prison time for victimless crimes. I would also try to decriminalize the use of all illegal substances in order to better provide treatment for addicts. Children need their parents. I would make it a priority to keep families together as long as it does not harm the child. Education reform is also a priority. Children spend a large chunk of their lives at school. We need to make it productive and pleasant for them.

 

Lauren Morris

What ideas do you have to better the lives of Oklahoma’s children? 

I will fight to get our public schools fully and continuously funded. And I will fight to keep SNAP, WIC, and Sooner Care available for all children who are in need of it.

What have you done to support children prior to this election? 

Before the Teacher Walkout, we donated a couple boxes of food to our local school, to be used to feed the children while school was out of session. Before having my own children, I worked as a nanny (in Indiana, Colorado, and Canada), in a daycare, and as an au pair in Austria. I have been fortunate enough to stay home with my own children, and have enjoyed teaching them how to be good humans.

What will you do to support families in your new role, if elected?

If elected, I would focus on reforming the criminal justice system, having Oklahoma finally accept the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, and enacting paid parental leave. I would also like to overturn the recent discriminatory adoption bill (SB1140), so that more babies and children in foster care can find loving families.

 

 

Tammy West

What ideas do you have to better the lives of Oklahoma’s children? 

I will continue to work in areas of education (preK-12, career tech, Oklahoma Promise, concurrent enrollment) and DHS adoption (streamlining process and communication between families and agencies). Going forward I would like to continue in these areas and begin work to support those young people in DHS custody, who reach the age of 18 and have no support systems as they transition into independent living.

What have you done to support children prior to this election? 

I served on the Putnam City School Board and volunteered in our schools for many years. Since joining the legislature, I have worked and been recognized for supporting programs that help our students continue in career and college programs. I have authored legislation the past two years that will facilitate the communication between families wishing to adopt and DHS. I have a 100% voting record on bills that support our children and families. I am a founding member of the Waiting List Caucus for families with disabilities.

What will you do to support families in your new role, if elected? 

I will continue to support efforts to reform our criminal justice system and re-invest in our programs that support families such as early childhood education, mental health services, and our foster care and adoption system. I believe strong families lead to strong neighborhoods/schools and that in turn supports communities and ultimately strengthens our State as a whole.