Local educators voice concerns to state office candidates

WICHITA COUNTY, TX (KAUZ) - Some Texoma educators made their voices heard Monday night to those running for Texas State office.

In hopes of pushing teachers to get out and vote, the Association of Texas Professional Educators co-hosted the event at Region 9 in Wichita Falls.

They say choices at the polls become realities in the classroom and hope educators play a big role in the 2018 primary and general elections.

About a dozen teachers from districts across Region 9 came out along with State Representative James Frank, Mike Collier, who is running against

Dan Patrick for Lieutenant Governor, and Kim Olson who is hoping to fill the Commissioner of Agriculture seat.

Dale Lovett, with ATPE, said the real key issue educators are facing is funding, adding it is not about salaries, but teaching materials.

Another hot topic discussed was the importance of teaching critical thinking skills, instead of just how to pass a test.

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