Thursday, March 27, 2008

Legislative Update & SW D

Yesterday I had the opportunity to do this year's delegate training with the members from our Southwest D region. We went over the issues the Assembly will be addressing and also the bills in the legislature that we need to take action on by being a part of a lobby day scheduled for April 1st.

For OEA members, the briefing will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the OEA Headquarters (323 E. Madison, Oklahoma City, OK).

The main piece of legislation OEA, CCOSA, USSA, OPTA, and the School Board's Association and other members of the Oklahoma Education Coalition will be addressing is SB 2093, which would allow for school vouchers in Oklahoma. It will be presented in the House Revenue and Taxation Subcommittee at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 1.

It will be imperative that we let our voices be heard. Public education is facing attacks from a number of different fronts – from charter districts to merit pay to vouchers. This is a great opportunity to address your concerns with your elected leaders.

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