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ROPE2:  The Public Education Funding Mess Is The Fault Of EVERY Citizen - So How Do We Fix It?

Since the beginning of this legislative session here in Oklahoma, teachers have been demanding raises. In March, the Oklahoma legislature passed an unprecedented tax to fund teacher raises and other educational needs, raising oil and gas production taxes to 5%, adding a $1 increase per pack on cigarettes, 6 cents on diesel/3 cents gas increases and a $5 tax on hotel motel tax (later repealed). While public education advocates celebrated, taxpayers fretted – and they have good reason to do so.
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ROPE:  Dirty Little Education Secrets Part 4a: Teacher And Administration Bullies In The Classroom

When I began teaching in the Oklahoma public education system, I was finishing my thesis, taking coursework to get my Alternative Certification and teaching part time at Deer Creek Public Schools outside Edmond. My daughter (I was a single mother at the time) and I lived on about $12K that year after taxes. It wasn’t easy, but my mother had been a public school English teacher for decades, my grandfather had been a law professor and my father was beginning his career as a Journalism professor. Not only is teaching a career path in my family, but I really enjoyed it, and as a TA in the Biology Department at the University of Central Oklahoma, I regularly had overflowing sessions for my Microbiology study review, so I conceived I might be ok at it.
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ROPE:  Dirty Little Education Secrets Part 3: Administrative and Programming Costs Suck HUGE Amounts From Common Ed Budget

Since teachers have begun to petition taxpayers and the state government for a raise, and since the taxpayers rejected the Step-Up planning proposal including tax increases to fund public education was soundly rejected by legislators, myself and others have been calling for an audit of the OSDE prior to an increased fund allotment to public education.

After reviewing the OSDE budget request for 2018 – and others – two things simply cannot escape the attention of a thinking, taxpaying public…
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Sooner Politics Editorial: Media Outlets Discuss A Path Forward On Education

  Following our report on the success of Online Charter Public Schools, KOTV News contacted me for a discussion of the education issues that Oklahoma is faced with.  Journalist Emory Bryan has nearly 30 years experience in Oklahoma TV news. He and I visited this afternoon and rolled the tape. We spoke nearly a half hour and I trust he’ll do his best to condense the content down to fit within the producer’s mandate. That’s a lot to ask of anyone. We’ll post the video when the station…

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Sooner Politics:  An Epic Solution To Oklahoma Education Woes

Oklahoma’s fastest growing public school district ​is also the least expensive to operate.   On Wednesday there will be about 2000 unique students, teachers, and families at the capitol. They are just a portion of the largest school field trip in Oklahoma. Epic Day is when Epic One on One Charter School Takes a trip to the capitol to tell the legislature that they love their school and are happy with their teacher pay. They are not going on strike. Their […]

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Sooner Politics:  Speaker McCall Picks A House Freshman, To Fix Education

  Rhonda Baker joined the legislature a little over a year ago. Today she chairs one of the most powerful and critical committees in the legislative struggle to get common education back under some semblance of order.  Baker comes from a vast & sprawling district which starts a few miles  miles west of Lake Hefner, in the Oklahoma City metro, and ends just a few miles north of the Wichita Mountains, near Lawton, OK. She filed for the office when Da […]

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