Columns/Opinions

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.
 
Tue
25
Mar

A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton.
 
It’s hard to believe that this school year will come to a close in about nine weeks. The nine weeks after spring break usually fly by at break-neck speed. All of the school’s activities sure make the time fly. In my article this week, I would like to talk about how our basketball teams finished the year. Both the boys’ and the girls’ teams had terrific finishes to the season. As they say, it’s all about how you finish.

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Tue
25
Mar

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker.
 
Many of you have turned in your brackets and are excited that the NCAA Tournament is well underway. In the interest of full disclosure, I am not a college basketball fan. The longer shot clock, slower tempo of play and my disdain for the NCAA as an organization keep me from being particularly interested in who wins. That said, I feel that as a college basketball outsider, I am in a good position to offer this basic guide on the do’s and don’ts on how to behave during this exciting season.
 
Tue
18
Mar

From the Superintendent's Desk

By Janet Barresi.
 
I hear from educators and parents throughout the state about “teaching to the test” and time spent on testing. I agree teachers should spend more time teaching and students should spend less time worrying about tests. But I want to clear up some myths. Out of all the hours required for instruction in a school year – 1,080 hours by state law – less than 1 percent is spent by a student taking state- or federally mandated tests. Other assessments may be given by teachers or required by school districts. Yet, even if we look at the grades that have the most assessments — fifth and eighth —there are only four state or federal tests required: math, reading, writing, science or social studies/U.S. history.
 
Tue
18
Mar

My Point Of View

Cordell’s Lady Blue Devil Basketball team accomplished something last week that hasn’t happened since 1975! They played in the championship game of the State Tournament, a feat last accomplished by a CHS boys’ basketball team 39 years ago. The 2013-2014 Lady Blue Devil team completed their fantastic season with a record of 28 and 2 and a trophy topped with a silver basketball. In the course of the season, they won the Burns Flat-
Dill City Tournament (a championship they have claimed so many times no one seems to have an accurate count!) and the Tri-County Championship.
 
Tue
11
Mar

A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton.
 
As most of you know, this past week has been a pretty good week in the Cordell community. In my article I would like to discuss a different perspective about some of the events from last week. I have often talked about the way this community gets behind its basketball teams during the playoffs; this year was no different. Well, maybe it was different. There was a great deal of traveling involved to support the home team this year. While I realize that this traveling is difficult for fans, it is also a challenge for the coaches and teams.
 
Tue
11
Mar

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker.
 
As a kid, I gave silly things up for lent like candy or dessert. What I didn’t do was think of why I was giving up something. As I moved on to high school, where religious conversations were surprisingly common considering that it was a public school, I was forced to defend my beliefs.
 
Tue
04
Mar

The Time To Fix The Capitol Is Now

By Governor Mary Fallin.
 
The Oklahoma Capitol was built in 1917. Since then it has been the People’s House - a place where state business is conducted and laws are written and passed. It is also a living museum where school children and other visitors come to learn about the history of their state and the workings of their government. For many who pass through Oklahoma, it is the lasting impression they have of our home. I am proud of this building. I am proud of the work that has gone into acquiring and preserving the priceless portraits, paintings and murals that showcase our history. When the dome was completed in 2002, I thought the people of Oklahoma finally had the kind of beautiful, functional Capitol building they deserved.
 
Tue
04
Mar

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker.
 
As Cordell remains enraptured by their two basketball teams, I am inspired by the way these two teams have come together. They continue to be great ambassadors for the town and the game. What makes these teams so special is that they have arrived at this point on such different paths. The Lady Blue Devils have been the hunted all year. They got every opponent’s best performance, yet, they fought off all comers.
 

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