Category Archives: education

Don’t Cut a Science Teacher at BHS

[UPDATE: On May 17 the superintendent recommended and the board approved retaining the threatened science positions at both the senior high and the mid-high.] I have written to the Board of Education, urging them to not accept the district’s budget … Continue reading

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Henry to the Rescue

Governor Brad Henry rescued Oklahoma schools today by vetoing Senate Bill 834: While local control is an important component of a successful public education system, it is also critical to have rigorous state standards in place to produce the highest … Continue reading

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Dear Governor…

Well, I’m disappointed but hardly surprised that the Republican-controlled Oklahoma House of Representatives passed SB 834 – the so-called “School District Empowerment Program” – which frees local school boards from various state mandates.  Gutting stupid unfunded mandates would be fine, … Continue reading

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Local Control?

Today the Examiner-Enterprise featured a letter from local school board member Doug Divelbiss, rebutting my prior letter about Senate Bill 834.  His letter was respectful but did not take into account that my letter was composed before the House version … Continue reading

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SB 834 Goes to Full House

Today SB 834 passed the Oklahoma House Education Committee on a party line vote of 9-5. So Earl Sears, as he had indicated to me via email beforehand, supported the legislation. I respect Earl, but he has yet to show … Continue reading

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