Michael Ross’s LIVE campaign chat for April 6-7, 2020.
- Michael has officially mailed in his filing packet!
- Day One of Distance Learning – Teacher and Parent Reflections
- COVID-19 numbers, Stay Home orders, and the legislature’s return • Leadership (and absence of) during crises
- YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED: Comparing Traditional Medicaid Expansion with Governor Stitt’s “SoonerCare 2.0”
YOUR SUPPORT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE!
Tonight’s discussion (Excuse the technical difficulties!):
• OSDE’s decision to move schools to distance learning
• Tulsa Public Schools’ COVID-19 Resources: https://t.co/76mIWUxae2
• Jenks Public Schools’ COVID-19 Resources: http://www.jenksps.org/vnews/display….
• Tulsa and Jenks’ decisions to move to a “Shelter In Place” order
• Resources from the City of Tulsa: https://www.cityoftulsa.org/covid-19
• OK State Department of Commerce’s COVID-19 Resources: https://www.okcommerce.gov/covid19/
• SBA Business Guide: https://www.sba.gov/…/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-g…
In a candidate forum held last Thursday, Michael Ross stood out as the only candidate to offer a clear vision and leadership to address the challenges facing Oklahoma.
Ross, a public school teacher in his 15th year and father of a student in Jenks Public Schools, squared off against Heather Chenoweth, J. Lee Miller, and Lonnie Sims in a forum sponsored by the Bixby and Jenks PLACs, a grassroots parent advocacy group. It was the only forum of the general election and the first time all four candidates had been present since a similar forum in the spring. Chenoweth, Miller, and Ross previously met up in a town hall hosted by TCTA at Webster High School held during the primary season, to which Sims was invited but elected to not attend.
On topics ranging from the budget crisis to infrastructure to mental health services for students, Ross presented clear proposals with supporting data and evidence, while other candidates relied on vague statements, showing himself to be the candidate most well-prepared to handle the challenges of the legislature.
Video provided by the Bixby/Jenks PLAC.
In a new video from the campaign trail, Michael reflects on his motivations for running. Take a look!
On Monday, June 11th, Michael Ross was the only Democratic candidate for HD 68 to attend a candidate forum at Daniel Webster High School sponsored by Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association (TCTA), as part of their “111th Mile.” The main focus of the forum was education, with candidates fielding a mixture of pre-selected questions and questions from audience members.
“I’m grateful to the TCTA for the invitation to participate,” Michael said. “Forums like this are yet another example of how teachers in the community are leading the way in civic engagement.”
In addition to educators and members of the community, television crews from Tulsa’s channels 6 and 8, the CBS and ABC affiliates respectively, attended, using footage from the HD 68 session in their 10pm broadcasts. Channel 6’s coverage can be found here, while Channel 8’s story can be found here.
TCTA’s “111th Mile” is a reference to the 110 mile walk undertaken by area educators during April’s teacher walkout. The name implies that teachers are now going the extra mile in service of their classrooms and communities.
Michael will join TCTA again on Thursday, June 21, in a second HD 68 forum to be held at Memorial High School. Find more information here.
On Thursday, May 17th, the Parent Legislative Action Committees from Bixby and Jenks hosted a forum for legislative candidates focusing on education. All nine candidates for House District 68 participated, answering three pre-selected questions and, as time allowed, questions from the audience before giving a closing statement.
Thank you to the PLACs for hosting the event, and to the television production students who filmed!
Michael was featured in a story on teachers filing to run for office. This story ran on Oklahoma City’s Channel 9 and its sister station, Tulsa’s Channel 6.
Michael spoke with CNN’s Nick Valencia about his dedication to advocacy on behalf of his students on April 3, the second day of the Oklahoma teacher walkout.
Micahel Ross, a high school teacher outside of Tulsa speaks to CNN about superintendents telling teachers if they take “personal days” to walkout, they’ll have to pay out of their own pockets for the subs who replace them. #OKWalk4Kidspic.twitter.com/tqThF20NWG
— Nick Valencia (@CNNValencia) April 3, 2018