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Senator Ted Cruz takes time to visit Donna and Steve Byas  Sooner Politics asked our readers for an attendee’s report of the OKGOP Luncheon with Special Guest, Senator Ted Cruz (an announced candidate for the 2016 Republican Presidential nominatio…

On A Personal Note....

From 2008 until 2014, I spent huge chunks of time reading, studying, writing, lobbying and posting to social media about issues surrounding government – particularly public education and Common Core. 
Last year, as readers of this blog well remembe…

Alert for Calls: Reasons to Vote NO on SB707 Which Is Related to Common Core Issue

Alert * Alert * AlertSB 707 will be voted on the Oklahoma House soon.  SB 707 directs the State Board of Education to develop requirements a student must meet to earn a high school diploma as well as designating an assessment to determine college readiness.

Last year we were successful abolishing Common Core with the passage of HB3399, which mandated that the state prepare new standards for English and Math to replace the Common Core standards adopted in 2010.  SB 707 (by Ford and Mazzei in the Senate) in essence bypasses HB3399 and jumps ahead to establishing an assessment standard before the revised standards are written and adopted.  What assessment will we get?  ACT?  I certainly hope not.

Session is racing by with only five or six weeks left depending on when we adjourn. If we can get all of the bills taken care of and a budget approved, we could possibly end session early, which would save the state money.  Given our revenue shortfall, every penny we can save is a blessing.

As of Friday morning, the governor had signed nearly 70 bills including HB 1749, which I carried in the Senate.  It prohibits any state agency from making payroll deductions on behalf …