Improving Oklahoma's Education System
For years, the Oklahoma business community has fought hard at the Capitol and beyond for issues it believes directly impact its bottom line—workers’ compensation and lawsuit reform, tax incentives and reducing burdensome government regulation.
In the meantime, our students have continued to fall further behind, leaving Oklahoma companies with limited choices when it comes to an educated and skilled workforce. Business leaders can no longer afford to sit idly by while decisions are being made about the training of their future employees. We must engage business leaders in the development of education policies that will match our K-12 education system to the needs of tomorrow’s workforce.
Oklahoma Achieves (previously known as the Oklahoma Educated Workforce Initiative) will seek to build business coalitions to advocate for improved education standards and better results. It will work alongside the State Chamber of Oklahoma and many other nonprofits who all know the future prosperity of Oklahoma’s economy depends upon the development of today’s students. This is not a partisan or geographic issue. Every business in the state needs competent, qualified workers. Without them, we will not be able to attract and retain business in Oklahoma and our state’s economy will suffer as a result.
Tomorrow’s workforce is in today’s classrooms. It is critical that our students are getting the skills they need to compete in a 21st Century global economy. That will not happen until the business community gets actively engaged to ensure their workforce needs are being met in Oklahoma schools.