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Teachers rally and hold signs along with their children on 15th and Broadway.

Teachers rally and hold signs along with their children on 15th and Broadway.

Christy Nieves

Christy Nieves

Teachers rally and hold signs along with their children on 15th and Broadway.

Rachel Bussert, Memorial Staff Writer

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On Thursday March 29th, teachers from all over Edmond gathered on Broadway with signs and noisemakers to spread awareness as to what they are asking of legislators, to implore others to call their representatives and to raise support. Edmond North Algebra II teacher Alan Cordeiro was able to participate in this event along with many others where he was able to voice his opinion.

“Public education needs to be properly funded. It is one of the bedrocks of our society,” Cordeiro said. “If the only people who have access to good education are the ones who can afford private education then our country as a whole will suffer.”

This idea is mirrored across many teachers all across Oklahoma. One of Memorial’s own junior English teachers, Debbie Reichart, was in agreement with Cordeiro.

“Legislators need to replace the funding that they cut out of the Bill recently and they need to fund education at a nationally average level,” Reichart said.

Another one of the participants was Malorie Tackett who teaches math and science to special needs students at Washington Irving Elementary School.

“My end goal is to see an increase in funding. Over 50 million dollars have been cut from education in the past year and that, to me, is completely unacceptable,” Tackett said. “Our kids are worth more than 50 million dollars. They are priceless.”

Tackett continued to share these same ideas with the general public as she informed those at the stoplight using a megaphone.

“Current students are our future and we are here to fight for you,” Tackett said. “We are here because we believe in every single one of you. We are here to help you succeed in this world.”

Contact Rachel Bussert at [email protected].

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