Students, if there ever was a reason to hone your reading and critical thinking skills, this is it.
Last night, educators received notification that the House Appropriations and Budget Committee would hear SB 1187 at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Members of several public school advocacy groups had begun campaigns to ask their legislators to vote no for the school district empowerment program bill.
Late this evening though, we discovered, thanks to OK Education Truths, that all the empowerment language has been stricken from SB 1187 and replaced with language related to testing.
We thought that language looked mighty familiar, so we began a comparison. Take a look at what we found:
The language in SB 1187 has been replaced with much of the language that had been written into the introduced version of HB 2527, the Student Testing Regulations bill. This is the same language that has since been replaced, modified, or eliminated from HB 2527.
Take a look for yourself:
- Original HB 2527 introduced on January 20,2016 (pages 12 through 18)
- SB 1187 Proposed Committee Substitute from April 5, 2016
Legislators added language to the SB 1187 substitute that would allow students earning college credit via dual or concurrent enrollment can be exempt from the End-of-Instruction exams for that subject.
Also, at the end of SB 1187 the following language has been added:
The State Board of Education shall be authorized to contract with an entity to develop and advise on the implementation of a communications campaign to build public understanding of and support for the testing requirements of this section.
So, a propaganda machine then? (What’s good for the legislator is good for the educator — and the editor…)
Note: Thanks to Corey Holland in the comments below, we have learned that the communications campaign language has already been added to Oklahoma Statutes in 2005 under the ACE section. You can view the language here on the last line.