Thursday, December 14, 2006
TCTA December Meeting
Yesterday I had the privilege of addressing members of the Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association at their December Delegate Assembly. www.tulsateachers.org.
Steve Stockley, the President of TCTA, along with his leadership team, and all of our Tulsa teacher members, do a great job representing their organization and recruiting new members. TCTA is our largest local with nearly 2500 teachers. I had the great pleasure of meeting two of TCTA's members, Cari Smith, and first year delegate Susan Henderson. I'm sure both of these ladies are doing a great job representing their peers.
As our largest local, the number of issues is compounded by the sheer size of the district. Meeting the needs of members over a community of this size can be a daunting task but the leadership team does a great job of addressing those needs.
During my part of the program I congratulated TCTA on the great role they played in helping us pass the "$3000 no strings attached" campaign that resulted in the new raise. Tulsa teachers also did a great job during the '06 elections by working hard to re-elect Governor Henry and electing Lt. Governor Jari Askins.
Tulsa teachers and their students are being hit hard after rejection of the Oklahoma HOUSSE for special education teachers by representatives of Federal Education Secretary Margaret Spellings. I shared with them that Senator Coburn is very interested in addressing the "Highly Qualifed" issue, and it's important he hears from them. Senator Coburn can be reached at www.nea.org/lac/index.html. Fill in your zip code in the upper right corner and follow the instructions.
I had a great time talking with a number of our members in Tulsa. It's always exciting to meet new people and touch base with friends.