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Teachers Encourage Legislative Viers

By ROBERT E. BARNESSpecial to the Chronicle

Saying they are angry about actions of theLegislature, dozens of educators arrived yesterday at the State Capitol to file for seats in both houses of the two chambers.

All 101 seats in the State House will be in play this election, as well as 25 seats in the State Senate. The three-day candidate filing period continues through Friday.

Also on the ballot will be U.S. Sen. James Lankford and all five of Oklahoma’s Republican U.S. House incumbents.

Angela Clark Little, the mother of two fourth-grade students in Edmond, said a pro-education group she formed, Parents and Educators for Public Education, has grown to more than 22,000 members.

Part of its mission is to encourage teachers to run for office.

“People are starting to get awake and aware and are searching for answers,” she said.

A separate independent political action committee will be raising money to push education issues, Little said.

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