ANOTHER UPDATE: The proposed amendment to SB 1187 does substitute testing-related language for the original bill. It is not a done deal, and would need to be passed by the committee in order to go into effect.
UPDATE: It is entirely possible that this bill does not even do what the video in the link below suggests. We have no idea. Mid-Del Superintendent Dr. Rick Cobb has more details.
- Click here to view the update at okeducationtruths.wordpress.com
- Click here to view the substitute bill for SB 1187 at state.ok.us
In a last ditch effort to defend a bill that could allow districts to hire less than fully qualified teachers for significantly less pay, and do away with background checks, Sen. Kyle Loveless appeared on ABC News tonight to blame teacher’s unions for the outcry and claim that “Oklahoma education leaders are backtracking” on their support of the bill.
Actually, two Oklahoma superintendents publicly supported the bill. One has publicly withdrawn that support. The other one has not been heard from publicly.
Regarding the “teacher union” pushback: It’s probably the Oklahoma Parents and Educators for Public Education group from whom lawmakers are getting an earful (or email/voice mail box full). OPE4PE is a Facebook group comprised of more than 20,000 Oklahoma educators and parents who are advocating for stronger public schools, not schools destroyed by budget cuts and misapplied “deregulation.”
Lawmakers: If you really want to take give schools more local control, and reduce legislative oversight, how about you return power to the Oklahoma State Department of Education to approve our standards, to determine how much testing we’ll participate in (within whatever federal guidelines are in existance), and to determine how we’ll measure accountability.
While you’re at it, you can properly fund education in so that they can decide to do things like raise teacher pay to attract talented educators, invest in textbooks, technology and other resources, provide wraparound services so that students will be mentally and physically healthy and ready to learn, and create programs that will enhance student experiences such as art, technology, music, and sports.
The bill, SB 1187, is scheduled to be heard Wednesday.
Oklahoma education leaders backtracking on support for proposed bill
Sen. Kyle Loveless, who co-authored the bill, said the measure is still a work in progress, but remains a good piece of legislation…
Loveless said educators who want to help form the legislation into something better can call his office.