Category Archives: education

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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Letter to the Editor

If you live in Oklahoma, I urge you to contact your State Representative and State Senator to express your opposition to Senate Bill 834. Authored by Bartlesville’s own Senator Ford, this bill places our schools at risk.  Our own state … Continue reading

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STOP SB 834

Bartlesville’s own state senator, John Ford, has authored a bill to deregulate Oklahoma schools.  He promises more local control and removing some unfunded mandates.  Teachers like me, who realize how much is at stake, are outraged at its consequences: The … Continue reading

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