Jenks, BA Boards Vote Not to Comply with HB 3393

Thanks to everyone who attended the PLAC meeting 10/05/10.

The attached documents were forwarded by Roger Wright after our discussion at the meeting about HB 3393/ Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship and Jenks and Broken Arrow School Boards choosing not to participate.

Here are links to Tulsa World articles:

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=318&articleid=20101004_11_0_TwoTul625178

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=331&articleid=20101005_19_A1_TwoTul883942

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=332&articleid=20101006_11_A1_CUTLIN35067

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SQ 744 Follow-Up from Jenks Chamber Luncheon

I had several ask about how it went at the Jenks Chamber luncheon last Wednesday and had pointed them to this Tulsa World article (be sure to read the comments down below…):

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=16&articleid=20100819_16_A7_JNSJsb778205&archive=yes

Also, here is a link to a KOTV story on SQ 744:

http://www.newson6.com/Global/category.asp?C=121535&clipId=5038583&autostart=true

Jenks May Face Painful Cuts

Jenks Public Schools could cut 20 positions and increase next year’s average class size by two students if proposals presented to the school board Wednesday are accepted.

Read more from this Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=331&articleid=20100506_19_A1_JENKSm350111&archive=yes

Property Tax Cap Rears its Head Again

It always sounds good — lowering taxes.

Problem is, we are already underfunding our schools and State Sen. Jim Reynolds and his SJR 5 would reduce the annual cap on property tax increases from 5% to 3%. This bill would very simply devastate funding for public schools and put us even further behind other states.

Speaker of the House Chris Benge has so far kept this resolution from making it to the house. If it does, it will surely pass and move to a vote of the people…

Read the Tulsa World article here and the Journal Record article here.

And contact your State Senator or Representative. Ask them to support Speaker Benge in keeping SJR 5 from moving forward.

PLAC Day at the Capitol April 20

Members of the Tulsa Area PLAC went over to the Capitol again April 20 to meet with legislators. It was a hectic “deadline” day but we were able to meet with more than 10 Senators and Representatives. Please see the attached minutes from these meetings PLACCapitolMeetingMinutes042010.

PLAC members meeting with legislators April 20

PLAC Day at the Capitol March 25

Members of the PLAC visiting with Oklahoma legislators

Daily Oklahoman Editorial Questions SQ 744

IN seven months, Oklahomans will go to the polls to vote on a full slate of candidates ranging from governor to U.S. senator, although it can be argued the most important ballot item deals not with personalities but with priorities.

 State Question 744, if approved, would require that per-pupil spending in Oklahoma’s public schools be brought to the regional average. The Oklahoma Education Association had no trouble raising the money and collecting the signatures needed to get this question on the ballot, and it attached a catchy name: HOPE (Helping Oklahoma Public Education).

Read more: http://newsok.com/opinion

Tulsa World Editorial in Support of SQ 744

“If state government came up with an extra dollar, we would want much of it spent on public schools.

Education should be a priority of state government. The success or failure of public schools determine our state’s future success civically, intellectually and economically.”

Read more from this Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/article.aspx?subjectid=61&articleid=20100410_61_A20_Ifstat152381&archive=yes

Tracking Bill List for Week of April 12

Here is the bill list for this week with issues potentially affecting public education.4-11 bill list (2)

Letter to the Editor from Barbara Ford, PLAC Member

Recent articles reporting the Tulsa Public Schools budget challenges and most recently the article “Suburban districts weigh options” (March 29) reinforce the separate and unequal quality of education.  Yes, teachers and administrators are at odds sometimes. District sizes and locales vary and, yes, the Oklahoma education funding formula is confusing, to say the least, and some areas put in more than they get out of it.

Read more from this Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/article.aspx?subjectid=62&articleid=20100402_62_A18_Prnseh598649