Oklahoma Point of View: After Raising Salaries for Adults, let's Focus on Kids

Oklahoma teachers need a pay raise. They work too hard and their jobs are too important for them to be compensated as poorly as they are today. It is entirely appropriate that our legislative leaders and governor have pledged to deliver a teacher salary increase even during a major budget shortfall.

With that said, it is frustrating to see teacher pay dominate an education conversation that should be about increasing options for families and improving educational outcomes.

 

http://m.newsok.com/article/5545966?scrolling_list=article

OKC Point of View: A Strong A-F Grading System Empowers Parents

 

"As parents, we are entrusted with the well-being of our children. Whether it's selecting a doctor, choosing which books to read to them or even picking out their morning cereal, parents work hard to make sure their decisions help their children grow up happy, healthy and well-adjusted.

It's ironic then, that for so long, state and local governments have almost completely removed parents from the single most important decision that can be made on behalf of a child: where and how they are educated."

http://newsok.com/article/5529411

NewsOK: Vacunas Gratuitas Para Niños

La organización llamada The Oklahoma Caring Vans hará una clínica gratuita para inmunizar a niños de 6 semanas a 18 años de edad, esto también incluirá vacunaciones de la gripe (flu). The Oklahoma Caring Vans dara todas las vacunas necesarias por la ley de Oklahoma para poder inscribirse en las escuelas y guarderías.

Los servicios seran gratis a niños que no tengan seguro, sean elegibles para Medicaid, o sean Nativo Americano.  Las vacunas se darán a los que llegan primero. Por cada niño vacunado, uno de los padres debe estar presente y tener registros de inmunizaciones anteriores para completar los trámites. 

The Caring Van dará vacunas gratis en estos tiempos y lugares:

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. miércoles at NSO WIC-West, 1139 N Meridian

8:30 a.m. to noon jueves at Latino Community Development Agency, 420 W 10

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. viernes at Educare, 500 SE Grand Blvd

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 21 at WCD-WIC-El Reno, 1623 E Highway 66 in El Reno

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21 at Thelma Parks Elementary, 1501 NE 30

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 22 at Eugene Field Elementary, 1515 N Klein

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 22 at Infant Crisis Services, 4224 N Lincoln Blvd

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 23 at Tecumseh Public Schools, 1301 E Highland St.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 25 at Wildwood Church of Christ, 6900 N Kelly

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 27 at Buy For Less, 10011 SE 15

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 27 at Buy for Less, 3501 NW Expressway

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 28 at Buy for Less, 3701 N MacArthur

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 28 at Buy for Less, 415 SW 59

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 29 at Buy for Less, 7957 NW 23

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 29 at Buy for Less, 2121 W Hefner Road

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 30 at Buy for Less, 2701 SW 29

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 30 at Buy for Less, 3713 S Western

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 31 at Buy for Less, 1104 SE 44

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 31 at Buy for Less, 2500 N Pennsylvania

NewsOK: Free Vaccines Offered to Local Children

The Oklahoma Caring Vans will hold immunization clinics for children 6 weeks through 18 years old, including flu vaccinations. The Caring Van provides all immunizations required by Oklahoma law for enrollment in schools or child care.

Services are provided at no charge to children who are uninsured, underinsured, Medicaid eligible, or Native American. Immunizations are given on a first come, first serve basis. For each child immunized, a parent or guardian must be present and provide records of previous immunizations and be present to complete paperwork.

The Caring Van will provide free immunizations at these times and locations:

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at NSO WIC-West, 1139 N Meridian

8:30 a.m. to noon Thursday at Latino Community Development Agency, 420 W 10

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Educare, 500 SE Grand Blvd

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 21 at WCD-WIC-El Reno, 1623 E Highway 66 in El Reno

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21 at Thelma Parks Elementary, 1501 NE 30

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 22 at Eugene Field Elementary, 1515 N Klein

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 22 at Infant Crisis Services, 4224 N Lincoln Blvd

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 23 at Tecumseh Public Schools, 1301 E Highland St.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 25 at Wildwood Church of Christ, 6900 N Kelly

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 27 at Buy For Less, 10011 SE 15

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 27 at Buy for Less, 3501 NW Expressway

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 28 at Buy for Less, 3701 N MacArthur

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 28 at Buy for Less, 415 SW 59

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 29 at Buy for Less, 7957 NW 23

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 29 at Buy for Less, 2121 W Hefner Road

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 30 at Buy for Less, 2701 SW 29

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 30 at Buy for Less, 3713 S Western

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 31 at Buy for Less, 1104 SE 44

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 31 at Buy for Less, 2500 N Pennsylvania

SB 782 Passes the House

SB 782, which already passed the Oklahoma Senate, was approved this afternoon by a 64-31 vote in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.  SB 782 amends current qualifications of entities eligible to sponsor charter schools.

Thank you to Representative Lee Denney for your leadership on this education choice legislation.

This is Genius

This is Genius

An inspirational video about what school can mean.

A spoken word poem by Ryan Lotocki.

Filmed by: Nick Stroczkowski and Kurt Schlewitt

The evidence is in: Charter schools rock!

The evidence is in: Charter schools rock!

Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry writing for TheWeek.com:
The drive for school choice is not a drive to turn schools into a marketplace, it's only to give the poor a way to access the preexisting market, which is currently closed off to them.

Open for business

Open for business

The ChoiceMatters program is a parent organization established to educate and motivate parents on the educational choices available in Oklahoma for their children and serve as a resource to them.