MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

March 29, 2014

Monday can provide a civics lesson

Many of us will have children home from school Monday as educators and supporters travel to the Capitol. This is an opportunity for you to teach a vital lesson in civics.

More than 25,000 citizens are expected to voice their concerns about our state’s education system Monday.

The right to assemble and the right to petition the government are fundamental to our democracy and guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Parents, students and educators will address legislators and officials Monday at the Capitol in an education rally that is expected to be one of the largest in two decades, according to a CNHI news report in today’s Phoenix.

Many school districts, including Muskogee, Fort Gibson and Warner, have given teachers, staff and administrators a professional day to allow those who wish to assemble in Oklahoma City to petition their government to help improve our schools. Better funding is one of the main goals.

Being heard on issues is important. If you want to see things change, it is an essential first step.  

The right to petition and the right to join together are vital. Teach your children that.

If you go

Expect large crowds if you’re planning to go to the Capitol on Monday. The rally starts at 10:30 a.m.

Police ask Capitol visitors to park off-site. Rally organizers are directing participants to park at Remington Park, 1 Remington Place, or Cinemark Tinseltown, 6100 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., four miles from the Capitol. Shuttles will run between the parking lots and the Capitol constantly from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All Capitol visitors are asked not to bring purses or bags on Monday, and carry as few items as possible in their pockets, to speed security screening. Portable toilets will be available outside.

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