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ProsperityPolicy: No More Waiting till Next Year by David Blatt
June 11th, 2015

~~By: David Blatt June 10, 2015 : Journal Record
At a meeting of the Tulsa Regional Chamber after the legislative session ended, Senate Appropriations Chairman Clark Jolley said this about raising pay for Oklahoma teachers: “It is past time. I don’t know how we’re going to do it, but I want to get it done before I leave.”
In other words: Wait until next year.
For seven straight years, the Legislature has failed to give teachers a raise. Our teachers are now the third-worst paid in the nation, averaging just shy of $45,000 per year once health and retirement benefits are included.
Getting and keeping teachers has become so difficult that ...more

May 08th, 2015

                                                             “Protecting TRS Revenues:Your Support will win the Day!”

A key issue involving the potential diversion of funds from revenues dedicated to the Teachers’ Retirement System to the state’s Educational Reform Revolving Fund (aka the “HB 1017 Fund”) for the purpose of gran...more

Civility in the Face of Strife for the Common Good by Rep. David Perryman
April 18th, 2015

In February 1861, Abraham Lincoln traveled secretly through Baltimore enroute to his inauguration. He had received only 1,100 of the more than 30,000 votes cast in the Maryland city in the preceding election. Baltimore was the home of the country’s largest African-American population, but also a large number of southern sympathizers.
 Lincoln’s unpublicized travel itinerary was based on the fear of an assassination plot and infuriated his political opponents. He was inaugurated in Washington on March 4, and the fabric of American politics had been stretched to its limits.
On April 19, 1861, a group of secessionists and supporters of slavery who ...more
Arnold Hamilton: Treating Education as an Investment, Not a Cost
April 03rd, 2015

~~Hamilton: Treating education as an investment, not a cost
By: Arnold Hamilton  Guest Columnist April 2, 2015 1 Comment

The thousands of teachers, administrators and public school devotees who rallied at the state Capitol this week no doubt departed with much uncertainty.
With the state facing a $611 million budget hole, would school funding take another hit this legislative session? Would teachers ever see another across-the-board pay hike? Would class sizes continue to explode?
Amid the uncertainty, though, one thing was clear: First-year state Superintendent Joy Hofmeister is a rock star in the eyes of public educ...more