Legislators talk with teachers, students

DMS hosts legislative breakfast

Whitley Brown, Student Life Reporter

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Emerson Elementary teacher Michael Allen talks to Sen. Paul Scott during the legislative breakfast today at the Duncan Middle School.

A state representative and two state senators showed the importance of public education today when they met with teachers, staff and students at Duncan Middle School.

Rep. Brad Boles, Sen. Chris Kidd and Sen. Paul Scott attended a legislative breakfast put together by the Association of Duncan Educators. Also present were members of the Duncan Legislative Advocacy Team, who have met with legislators throughout the legislative session.

“Education is a very important part of our state,” Boles said. “I believe the kids are the future leaders and workers, so its important that we adequately teach that generation.”

Boles took office in 2018, filling an incomplete term that was vacated by Scott Biggs. He filed unopposed for the District 51 position only weeks after taking office. has been a Representative since 2018. He lives in Marlow, and is the president of Wilco Machine and Fab, a company in Marlow.

In addition to talking to teachers during the breakfast, the legislators also went to several classes to talk with students and to see the learning process firsthand.

Im a representative. I help people who are in need, and I vote on these different bills and I create bills.”

— Rep. Brad Boles, District 51

Boles talked with seventh-grade journalism students, where students were prepared with questions. Boles talked about his job as a legislator to let students know what the job entails. Kidd and Scott visited other classes, including the tween life, library skills and art.

“Im a representative,” Boles said. “I help people who are in need, and I vote on these different bills and I create bills.”

He said the job does have difficulties.

“The most difficult part of my job would be balancing the time because there’s a lot of things you need to do as a representative,” he said.

Boles says that a degree is not required when it comes to being a legislator and said there are some representatives who don’t have degrees.

“I think it’s important to have people from all backgrounds,” he said.

The legislative session continues at the Oklahoma State Capitol. One of the big undertakings at the moment is the education budget. The legislators are expected to wrap up the session during the first week of May.

Boles said education is an important part of his legislative job because it does help to shape the future.

“We need to adequately teach this generation so our future will be better than our past,” Boles said.