ENID, Okla. — With a new school year in swing, the Greater Enid Parent Legislative Action Committee is again ramping up efforts to build membership and momentum needed to advocate for public education at the capitol.
The PLAC, established early 2019, was active in the spring semester, and will be hosting monthly meetings for the full upcoming school year, starting 6 p.m. Thursday, Sep. 19. Committee meetings are always held in the Autry Technology Center lectorium.
The first meeting will feature special guest speakers, Enid Public Schools CFO Sam Robinson and state Sen. Roger Thompson.
"We're not even in his district, but he agreed to come talk with us," Greater Enid PLAC founder Roxanne Pollard said of Thompson's upcoming visit.
Parent Legislative Action Committees have popped up all across Oklahoma in recent years, with a total of 13 recognized by the state.
"We feel like legislators are all listening, and we want to give them good information on what the school needs are from our superintendents and our teachers," Pollard said.
Greater Enid PLAC is always seeking new members to continue that communication.
"Our goal this year is of course to grow our membership, so that we have a strong voice at the Capitol," Pollard said.
Parents, teachers and community members with a stake in the state of public education are all invited to come to the meetings.
At the Sep. 19 meeting, Sen. Roger Thompson will be discussing the ins and outs of the education budget, Pollard said.
As the current Senate appropriations chairman, Thompson can provide an insider's perspective on the process of financing education in Oklahoma.
Following that, Robinson will take the floor to teach teachers some tricks to save money on health insurance, Pollard said.
While action committee meetings have been relatively few so far, a number of influential guests have attended, including Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and a host of state legislators. Enid Public Schools administration is regularly represented as well.
The Greater Enid PLAC runs an active Facebook group by the same name, with nearly 800 members.