Columns/Opinions

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.
 
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.
 

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