Columns/Opinions

Tue
29
Apr

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker.
 
My time in Cordell is closing in on seven months. As that time continues to grow, I myself grow more introspective about my experience here. Living here has not been easy for me. I have gone through some of the most difficult challenges of my life, and my support system is 1,500 miles away. Those difficulties make looking for positives all the more important for me.
 

 

Tue
29
Apr

OHS One For The Oklahoma History Book

By Max Nichols.
 
Allan Houser was named the first Oklahoma Cultural Ambassador in 1984, one of only six people to receive this honor. Houser was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in l985 and dedicated “As Long as the Waters Flow,” a monumental bronze sculpture, at the Oklahoma State Capitol Building in Oklahoma City in 1989. While these sculptures are well known to Oklahomans, they represent only a fraction of the tremendous achievements of Houser, who was born June 30, 1914, in Oklahoma to members of the Chiricahua Apache Tribe.
 

 

Tue
22
Apr

A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton.
 
In my article this week, I would like to summarize the results of two community meetings that I recently conducted to solicit the input from the Cordell community. On March 10, and April 14, I conducted community meetings. The purpose of these meetings was to seek input from parents and community members on the needs within Cordell Schools.
 
Tue
22
Apr

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker.
 
Maybe it’s because I have generally lived in homogeneous areas, or maybe it’s because I’ve spent much of my life in places where racism is genuinely not as much of a problem as it once was, but I took for granted that people were still overtly racist. Then, in the O’Hare Airport in Chicago, I was granted the realization that racism is still alive and well, and people are still more than willing to be outwardly hateful.
 
Tue
15
Apr

House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ.

The first-ever oil and gas industry rally took place at the Oklahoma State Capitol. The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association organized the event in response to a discussion taking place over whether or not to continue allowing a tax credit incentive for drilling. Lawmakers who are against extending the incentive point out that the original revenue that would be available for schools and other funding priorities.
 
Tue
15
Apr

Your Senator

by Mike Schulz.

Tue
08
Apr

A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton.
 
With the arrival of spring time, we enter into the busiest time of the school year. School activities are taking place daily. This is also a very important time of the year for academics and school safety. In my article I would like to discuss our school testing and our safety procedures as tornado season approaches. State testing will begin this week for most students within Cordell Schools and will end in early May. The faculty and staff of Cordell Schools work very hard to ensure that students are well prepared for these tests.

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Tue
08
Apr

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker.
 
Hempfield School District in Landisville, Pennsylvania, has been the subject of a series of articles in the Lancaster New Era/Intelligencer Journal as they deliberate on ways to shave close to $1 million from the budget. The negotiations in Hempfield are especially relevant considering Oklahoma teachers’ attempts to raise education spending. Oklahoma schools are currently dealing with what Hempfield School District is looking at: sharp cuts to important programs.

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Tue
01
Apr

Education Rally At Capitol

By State Representative Todd Russ.
 
Thousands of individuals attended a Monday rally at the Oklahoma State Capitol organized by a coalition of education organizations that included superintendents, teachers, parents and others. State funding for public education has not kept up with the rise in the number of students enrolling. House lawmakers worked hard last year to push for more funding in negotiations. We were unable to get all parties at the table to agree to a large increase. This year, House Republicans are pushing for a $125 million increase in K-12 school funding despite a budget shortfall. This contrasts with the governor’s proposal for a $50 million increase.
 
Tue
01
Apr

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker.
 
Certain people are so universally despised, their deaths turn into massive celebrations. Washington, DC, saw celebrations in the streets when Osama Bin Laden’s death was reported, and now, Westboro Baptist founder Fred Phelps’ death has caused many to openly celebrate. Many readers may have heard of Phelps from his church’s practice of picketing funerals of fallen soldiers, as well as his church’s fierce rhetoric toward homosexuals, among others.
 

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