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Tue
08
May
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Home Country

By Slim Randles

Our pal Doc is a genius. Just take the other day, and all of us were gathered up and coffee’d at the Mule Barn truck stop coffee shop and world dilemma think tank, and ol’ Doc just proved it again.

Steve noticed them first, the young couple who had just pulled into a parking space outside the “efaC” window. From the outside, it reads “Café.”

“Say,” said Steve, “isn’t that Bobby and Carol Ann?”

“Yep,” said Jimmy, “and if I ain’t mistaken, there’s three of ‘em today.”

 

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Tue
01
May
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

The House of Representatives on Friday passed a $7.6 billion state budget for Fiscal Year 2019. The budget is about $800 million more than for Fiscal Year 2018 and increases funding for common education, health and mental health care, public safety and transportation among other core state services.

 

 

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Tue
01
May
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Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

 

It is hard to believe that the school will be out for the summer after next week. As with most years, this school year has gone by fast.

This has been a great school year. Yes, there has been some bumps along the way, but in the end all is well. I believe that there are several reasons why our school years seem to go smoothly. It starts with a community that is supportive of education.

The Cordell community expects its school system to prepare kids for the future and provide the needed support for that education. Over the years. I have learned to trust and expect this support. The teacher walkout this year was one area where I knew our community supported our educators, and we appreciate that!

 

Tue
24
Apr
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

House members are working fervently to finish our work for this legislative session, so we can adjourn, or sine die, by May 4. This would save state taxpayers some money in not having to fund government for the final three weeks of May. Once we end Chamber activity, we can begin preparing for interim studies and task force hearings in preparation for next session.

This will require the House and Senate to hear remaining measures and get bills and resolutions that require conference committee through that process. We also must finish the appropriations bill for all of state government. We’re close. The largest part of the budget – almost 53 percent (for education) – is already completed and signed into law. Remaining appropriations bills should be heard in the Joint Committee on Appropriations & Budget this week.

Tue
24
Apr
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Burns Flat-Dill City School News

Larry R. Johnson - BF/DC

On April 2, 2018, the Oklahoma Education Association called for a statewide walkout of teachers. This type of action had not happened since 1990. The 1990 walkout lasted 4 days and not only provided some of the largest reforms to education in our state’s history, it also gave teachers a pay raise. However, our legislature undid many of those reforms over the last ten years while our state failed to increase education funding as our student population rose steadily. Ignoring our classroom needs has led to a critical teacher shortage, greater class sizes and insufficient funding to provide the basic needs of our students.

Tue
17
Apr
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation and admiration to the faculty and staff of Cordell Schools. Their advocacy and actions during the recent teacher rally have been truly professional while keeping the best interest of the Cordell Community a priority.

A monumental step has been taken towards the goal of properly funding education within the state of Oklahoma. Per pupil funding has reached an alltime high in Oklahoma. With an increase of $543,954,340 in the overall budget for common education, educators can claim a victory!

Although this is a great accomplishment, it is simply too much to expect Legislators replace all of the funding deficits from the past decade in one year.

 

Tue
17
Apr
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

First, I want to express my prayers for those affected by the recent wildfires. I’m working to secure help for those in my district who have suffered loss. We are monitoring this situation daily.

While I continue to stay in close contact with my district, I must also attend to the state’s business. Now that the education budget has been signed into law for Fiscal Year 2019, lawmakers are working tirelessly to fund the rest of state government.

This includes the Department of Health, the Health Care Authority, the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Transportation and more than 60 other agencies that deliver services to Oklahomans.

 

Tue
10
Apr
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A Word From The Superintendent

Brad Overton

It would be an understatement to describe the past few weeks within public education as crazy. This is a historical time for public education. I hope that I can provide a little insight as to some of the issues that still have a lot of teachers walking out.

On March 28th the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed several historical funding bills for public education. The bills generated almost $500 million in new funding for public education most of which created a pay raise for teachers and support personnel. Historical... yes! This marked the first time in history that the State House passed bills to increase taxes to generate this much revenue. The difficulty with passing these measures is the requirement of a 75% majority. It is a tough task for 75% of legislators to agree on anything much less increases in taxes.

Tue
10
Apr
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

The governor last week signed House Bill 3705, providing K-12 education with $2.9 billion for Fiscal Year 2019, which starts in July. This is $480 million, or 19.7 percent, above current year funding and is more than the previous highest budget of $2.5 billion in FY09. It even exceeds that budget when considering the rate of inflation. That would be $2.8 billion in today’s economy, which is what schools told us they needed to consider education fully funded for this year.

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Tue
03
Apr
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What to Know About the New Medicare Cards

Dear Savvy Senior,

What can you tell me about the new Medicare cards? I’ve heard there are a lot of scams associated with these new cards and I want to make sure I protect myself. - Leery Senior

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