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Brian Jackson for Senate 37

Sand Springs City Councilor Brian Jackson to run for Senate District 37 seat Sand Springs- Sand Springs City Councilor Brian Jackson announces his candidacy for Senate District 37. District 37 is made up of Tulsa County and includes Sand Springs, Lotsee, Glenpool, Jenks, and Tulsa.
 
“The professional accountable citizens of Senate District 37 deserve a humble steward to best  represent our values in Oklahoma City and not those of paid special interest led by political action committees. I support public education. I will be the voice of students, parents, and educators working as a team at the Capitol.”
 
“As a husband to a professional 3rd grade public school teacher in Sand Springs and proud father to a  Pre-K student, I understand the answer starts with each one of us realizing that educators across the state are professionals. Professionals that champion daily effort to propel our state for prosperity one student, one classroom, and one school at a time. Long overdue is the time that our state, made up of its citizens, realize our future is looking us in the eye and wondering if we will pass forward the promise we each were given,”  Jackson said. “Each of us has been given a burden, due to the lack of public education funding in our state’s past and present. We, as parents, educators, and accountable citizens must now pick up this forgotten promise and decide together how we proceed.”
 
For 8 years, Jackson has worked as the Development Manager for Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, an organization that teaches financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship to K-12 students. Jackson focuses on inspiring donors and volunteers to see JA’s purpose of empowering young people to own their economic success.

  1. What is the number one issue you would like to fix if elected?

 
I will focus on putting Kids First by funding public education.  Each of us has been given a burden, due to the lack of public education funding in our state’s past and present.  We, as parents, professional educators and accountable citizens must now pick up this forgotten promise and decide together how we proceed.  
 

  1. What do you think are the key problems with Oklahoma school funding?

 
Since the 2009 fiscal year, state support for schools has been cut by $198 million while enrollment has grown by over 45,000 students. We are 49th in per pupil spending and 49th in teacher pay. Oklahoma legislators have not placed school funding as a top priority.
 

  1. How do you plan to help these problems?

 
I will focus on informing the public on how they can help by making their voices heard, while I am inside the capitol fighting to put Kids First! Being married to a Sand Springs teacher and a father of a Sandite, every choice I make will come from listening to professional educators and parents. I will reach across party lines to gain support for State Supt. Joy Hofmeister’s leadership in replacing costly high school end of instruction exams with ACT.  The savings in this one area will save Oklahoma tax payers millions of dollars along with saving valuable teaching time in the classroom.  
 

  1. What is the number one thing every parent should know about school funding?

 
Funding is the umbrella over every aspect of public education. Legally, school districts have various accounts that appropriate money. School bonds pay for specific items and do not pay for salaries. We have a teacher shortage. Teachers are leaving our state due to not feeling supported, unfunded mandates, and low pay. Overcrowded classrooms, technology and curriculum is not readily available.