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State Appointee General Leo J. Baxter Publicly Ridicules Women and Endorses Candidates for Teacher Caucus

QUESTIONS:

Is it ethical for a public official to endorse other candidates while openly mocking and disdaining their opponents using rhetorical language?

OSDE Board members are reimbursed – using tax dollars – for their mileage and expenses while residing on the Board. Is it appropriate for a seated public official being reimbursed with tax dollars to openly mock women – tax-payers – on a personal basis?

Is it fitting for a public official to call a woman – or group of women – personal names? What about mocking sitting legislators?

Should General Baxter still be sitting on the OSDE Board – and even involved with the standards writing procedure at all – if he sued the state of Oklahoma to stop the repeal of Common Core?

And yes there will be a test, the next time you vote!

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Questions about OPE Endorsements, Ethics, and Party Switching

QUESTIONS:

If the OPE ‘Teacher Caucus’ endorsement list was based primarily on ‘personal recommendations’, what does that say about those candidates listed as Triangles – those opposed to public education?

How easy or hard is it to ascribe a philosophy to a candidate (against public education) when there is no voting record to review or specific criteria upon which this category is based?

If the issue is providing more money for public education, does it matter to which party a candidate belongs to meet those ends?

Is there more to governance of a state than public education?

What happens when elections become distilled down to single issues?

Should political parties have platforms that spell out specific ideals?

Should voters base their selections based on a group of specific ideals via a political party or which single issues mean most to them?

And yes there will be a test, the next time you vote!

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What or Who Is The “Teacher Caucus”?

For several weeks around this year’s primary election here in Oklahoma, the news media filed a number of stories about teachers frustrated by budget cuts, and lack of raises – dubbed ‘The Teacher Caucus’ – who were going to take matters into their own hands and run for political office to make changes in education policy at the state capitol (see blog #2).

So, who or what is the “Teacher Caucus” to which the media is referring?

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Are Oklahoma's "Education Caucus" Victories as Large as Reported?

This is the second article in our feature series on OKGrassroots:

#2 Are Oklahoma’s “Education Caucus” Victories as Large as Reported?

Numerous Oklahoma media vaunted the large numbers of educators running for public office in the 2016 primary elections. An equally large number of Oklahoma media touted the results of these elections using a wide variety of calculations to identify their successes.

2016 Oklahoma "Teacher Caucus" Highlights, Parties, Ideals and Education Goals

Editor’s Note:  OKGrassroots will be releasing a feature series on Education Policy and the recent Election Cycle in Oklahoma.   We will take time to explore ideological differences and how those are playing out in – not only the political realm – but the public square as well as we publish information we have collected on the ‘Teacher Caucus’.  Not everyone in politics tells the truth.  Not all sources are reliable.  Do your own homework.  Follow the money.  OKGrassroots hopes these articles will help people to connect the dots and make informed choices at the ballot box.  Decisions are still being made in run-offs around the state./sc 

Here is article #1:

2016 Oklahoma “Teacher Caucus” Highlights, Parties, Ideals and Education Goals.

see also OKGrassroots – A Conservative — Really?

OCPAC and Charlie's Picks for the Primary 2016

1.  Program June 29:  Rep. Dan Fisher
2.  Charlie’s Picks
3.  Michener’s Musings

1.  Program June 29:  Rep. Dan Fisher.  Our speaker this Wednesday at noon at Mama Roja will be Rep. Dan Fisher who decided not to seek another term representing House District 60 (Yukon and El Reno).  Dan will reflect on his term of service and share with us the good, the bad, and the ugly.  He will talk about what works and what does not work in state government, and assess whether or not there is any hope for this nation-state of Oklahoma.  In addition we will discuss some of the primary election results from the night before.

2.  Charlie’s Picks.  We have all heard the admonition from pastors, pundits, and public educators:  “Do your civic duty by getting out there to vote.  That’s what’s important.”  Pardon my Italian, but bologna!  Please do not get out and vote unless you vote for candidates who understand the principles of good government.  If you are a principled, educated voter (one who reads these updates), then please vote, and take friends with you and show them the proper way to vote!

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Or via google groups here >>>

OKGrassroots – OCPAC and Charlie’s Picks for the Primary 2016