Columns/Opinions

Tue
19
Apr

A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

As school leaders, every decision we make affects children. The stakes have never been higher. This school year state budget cuts have left schools $58 million short. Statewide, more than 1,000 education employees may lose their jobs and more than 100 districts are considering fewer school days to save money. Schools expect to lose millions more for next school year.

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Tue
19
Apr

House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

In the final six weeks of the legislative session, House members continue to decide bills on the House floor as well as work on the state budget for the next fiscal year. As we face a $1.3 million revenue deficit for the next fiscal year, much finger-pointing has been done about why the state has such a shortfall. I’m hoping some history might help.

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Tue
12
Apr

Working Hard for Oklahoma

By Governor Mary Fallin
 
In the moments before several hundred middle and high school students tackled challenging projects at this year’s Oklahoma Engineering Fair in February, they gathered for an opening ceremony. Speakers welcomed the students to the Science Museum of Oklahoma and told them that GE Corporation was one of the sponsors of the event. Then they were given an impromptu quiz.
 
Tue
12
Apr

House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ
 
Last week was the deadline for all House committees to report on all Senate bills and House resolutions. It made for a busy week. In addition, House leader-ship is working double time on the budget for the coming fiscal year.
 
Tue
05
Apr

House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ 

For the last few weeks, Oklahoma House representatives have worked in committees, hearing legislation coming from the state Senate for possible consideration in the House. The same is happening on the Senate side with House bills making their way through committee hearings.

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Tue
05
Apr

A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton 

The end of the school year is quickly approaching; we only have about 30 days of school remaining. This year has gone by so fast, and these next 30 days will be gone before we know it. The end of the school year is packed with events. First and foremost is state testing. These tests assess how we as a school district are doing and show us the areas within the curriculum that we need to make some improvements.

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Tue
29
Mar

House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

Last week was short but power-packed as the Oklahoma House of Representatives considered several pieces of important legislation on the House floor and many more in committee. One of the most important things on which we continually work is the state budget. This year, we’ve worked on two budgets simultaneously.

 

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Tue
22
Mar

Your Senator

By Mike Schulz
 
Will Rogers, one of Oklahoma’s most favorite sons, was well known for taking the wind out of self-important politicians. Will once quipped, “This country has gotten where it is in spite of politics, not by the aid of it. That we have carried as much political bunk as we have and still survived shows we are a super nation." 
 
Tue
22
Mar

Working Hard for Oklahoma

By Governor Mary Fallin
 
I can still remember the latenight telephone calls. My mom worked for the Department of Human Services and was needed to deal with an emergency placement of a child. As my mom prepared to leave, I would hope there would be a safe home to take care of those children.
 
Tue
15
Mar

House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ 

This was an extremely busy week in the Oklahoma House of Representatives as we raced to meet the March 10, deadline when all bills had to be heard on the House floor before passing to the Senate. 

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