WSJ: Medicaid Spending is Crowding Out K-12 Education

Crowding Out K-12 Education The real budget story behind those teachers strikes: Medicaid and public pensions.By The Wall Street Journal Editorial BoardOklahoma teachers ended their nine-day strike Thursday—and had little to show for it despite de…

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ROPE2/Parent Guest Post: What I Learned From The 2018 Teacher's Strike

This post was sent to me by "Elizabeth":I have never thought of myself as any kind of activist. I have never marched in protest or in support of anything that I can remember. It isn’t that I don’t have opinions – I definitely have them. There are often facets to issues or politics that I don’t understand or, more likely, haven’t taken the time to research.

But my blood pressure rose when I received a text from my teen after returning to school following the Oklahoma teacher strike.

“Our teacher just had us write a paper on our feelings about the walk-out!”

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R3publicans:  PUTIN JUST EXPOSED THE PLOT TO DESTROY AMERICA

Trump is attempting to break the “Shadow Government’s” strangle hold on the United States and the world. The “Deep State” here in the US is being controlled by this New World Order Shadow Government and has relentlessly pulled us to a One World Government controlled by the big banks, the ruling elite, and multinational corporations. From a casual observer in the US Russia’s Putin appears to be a huge enemy. But on the contrary, I believe Trump has an unexpected ally in Vladimir Putin in that both are wanting to rid the world of the New World Order. The conflicts we are having are in reality efforts to purge the Shadow Government from the area they control. Here is the SGT Report explaining some of this in video form.

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R3publicans:  Bitter lessons 25 years after Waco Texas siege

Twenty-five years ago today, FBI tanks smashed into the ramshackle home of the Branch Davidians outside Waco, Texas. After the FBI collapsed much of the building atop the residents, a fire erupted and 76 corpses were dug out of the rubble. Unfortunately, the American political system and media have never faced the lessons from that tragic 1993 day.

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Turf over textbooks?By OCPA president Jonathan SmallIn 2018, Oklahomans will see the largest teacher pay raise in state history, dramatic tax increases, and record total funding for education. Since March 29, $610 million in new tax increases and annua…

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ROPE2:  Can A School Force Your Child To Take State Tests?

Today I received a communication from a ROPE reader. She told me she had received a letter from her Assistant Principal in response to her request to opt her child/children out of state testing. The letter said, in part:

As guided by the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE), indicating laws and rules set by our legislature, we are required to assess all enrolled students who are present on scheduled test days. In fact, “Because of these statutory and rule requirements, there is no “opt-out” option offered through the OSDE. In addition, 70 OS Section 5-117 states that local school boards of education do not have the authority to take actions inconsistent with state law or rules that have been adopted by the State Board of Education.”

That sounds very official. Even a bit scary. 
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Linda Murphy Announces Candidacy for State Superintendent

Linda Murphy Announces Candidacy for State Superintendent

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, April 13th, 2018 — I am filing for State Superintendent today because I believe Oklahomans want new leadership in education.  We have seen the lack of leadership ove…

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MuskogeePolitico:  Reaction to end of teacher walkout

Here’s some reaction that came in tonight in response to the end of the teacher walkout. First, Governor Mary Fallin:Governor Mary Fallin Statement on End of Nine-Day Public School Teacher WalkoutOKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin this evening issued…