Category Archives: education

Follow the Money

April 1, 2011: Oklahoma Governor Fallin’s budget for fiscal year 2011 called for cuts in common education to be limited to 3%. But legislative leaders have indicated that some bond proposals made in Governor Fallin’s budget will not be accepted … Continue reading

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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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