Wednesday, January 31, 2007

House Democrats Advance Child Protection and Safe Communities Agenda

House Democrats unveiled their vision for Oklahoma's Second Century this week including a pledge to protect Oklahoma's chilcren by:
  • Enacting toughter penalties for those who endanger children.
  • Refusing to allow children to grow up in abusive homes that are detrimental to their health and safety.
  • Providing incentives for adoptions, so that fewer children are left in state custody and can grow up in the loving homes they deserve.
Tulsa Rep. Jabar Shumate, HD 73, is pictured above listening to a concerned citizen about legislation related to the Democratic agenda. Shumate attended the event at the ODP for Rep. Hilliard tonight.

1 comment:

Lynn Green said...

One goal that Oklahoma Democrats should work for is to improve Oklahoma's alternative education system, especially in our urban school districts. As a classroom teacher in an urban school district, I can tell you that a large number of our students simply cannot function in the traditional classroom no matter how good the teacher's classroom management skills are. Too often, these students who are frustrated by their problems with traditional education take out their frustrations by acting out their feelings. This in turn creates an impossible situation for students who truly do want to learn. Teachers also become fed up with a poor classroom environment and they abandon the urban schools for more congenial environments. We need schools that will meet these problem students at the point of their need.