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Tue
20
Feb
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

This past weekend marked the beginning of the basketball playoffs which is a favorite time of the year in the Cordell community. In my article this week, I would like to highlight the basketball playoffs as well as some of the other activities going on within Cordell Schools.

Cordell was paired with Merritt and Sayre playing at Sayre for the district matchup. Both the boys and girls faced an elimination game on Friday night with the girls facing Merritt and the boys facing Sayre.

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Tue
20
Feb
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Exploring Options Beyond Step Up Plan

By State Representative Todd Russ

The major revenue portion of the Step Up Oklahoma plan failed last Monday to get a three-fourths majority vote in the House of Representatives as required by the state Constitution. Actually, the only real difference in the Step Up Oklahoma Plan and the plans we ran earlier in the regular and first special session was the assurance by the coalition that they could bring more Minority Caucus Democrat support. Sadly, the coalition brought fewer votes than we had for previous plans.

I know teachers are hurt this plan failed. Approximately $289 million dollars was to go to a $5,000 teacher pay raise.

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Tue
13
Feb
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

My teacher pay raise bill has passed committee. I’m hoping by the time many of you read this, it might have passed the full House.

The plan would give teachers and paraprofessionals, and career tech teachers a $5,000 raise beginning next school year.

While I carried the language on the teacher pay raise that specifies it will go to state certified teachers employed by public school in the state, the Senate requested that paraprofessionals such as school counselors, psychologists, psychometrists and CareerTech teachers and counselors be included. The teacher pay raise is part of the Step Up Oklahoma plan promoted by business and industry leaders from throughout the state and supported by many groups, including many of our education organizations. As I send this column, many teachers are at the state Capitol telling lawmakers they need and deserve this raise.

 

Tue
13
Feb
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One For The Oklahoma History Books

By Max Nichols

 

In recent years, Osage County has increasingly become a part of America’s collective consciousness. With the play and movie “August: Osage County,” the sprawling home empire of the Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond, and the New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award Finalist “Killers of the Flower Moon:

 

The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI,” the world has focused much attention on this corner of Oklahoma. “The history of Osage County is a microcosm of the American West, from tallgrass prairies and an underground reservation to the survival of cowboy culture and the assault on tribal sovereignty,” said Dr. Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society. “The result is a fascinating story where facts are more dramatic than fiction.

 

Tue
06
Feb
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

By the time you read this, the legislative session will have begun. There will be much talk early on about the state budget, so I thought I would share some of the latest information. Things are looking up.

According to the most recent state treasurer’s report, December collections to the state treasury were $1 billion – up $107.9 million, or 12 percent – compared to receipts from December 2016. During 2017, gross receipts were $11.45 billion – 6.2 percent, or $667.6 million – above 2016 collections.

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Tue
06
Feb
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Burns Flat-Dill City School News

Larry R. Johnson - BF/DC

The month of February is upon us. This month is when we generally see a spike in absenteeism at school due to illness. The news of flu in Oklahoma this winter has been staggering. The number of deaths associated with the flu virus has risen dramatically within the past week. Experts say that 417 people had to be hospitalized within the last week due to the flu virus, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 1,597 in our state. During one day last week, BF-DC Schools had 11 teachers and 38 students out sick district-wide.

According to the “Oklahoman”, the strain of flu going around is the H3-strain, which makes this year’s flu shot only 30-40 percent effective. Despite those numbers, experts still suggest getting the vaccine, adding that it lessens the symptoms and prevents serious complications from occurring. Doctors say a typical flu season in Oklahoma usually runs from October to May.

Wed
24
Jan
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

With the beginning of the legislative session a little more than a week away, Oklahomans find themselves in need of solutions. Solutions often don’t come easy, and the issues we are currently facing are more challenging than ever.

With so many challenges that our state is facing, I’ll try to keep my thoughts on the issues that face public education. In my opinion, the overall funding of public education is insufficient. This lack of funding hits education in several different ways.

Wed
24
Jan
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Teachers Deserve To Have A Voice

By State Representative Todd Russ

I was disturbed to read a recent news story about a Louisiana teacher’s arrest after she stood up at a school board meeting and questioned why the superintendent was getting another salary raise while teachers and support staff were not. At the superintendent’s direction, a marshal was summoned to confront the woman, who is seen on video leaving the meeting room voluntarily. The video then shows the teacher in the hallway on the floor being handcuffed and then pulled down the hallway and put into a patrol car. The teacher says on the video that she was pushed to the floor by a marshal and that she was not resisting arrest. A city prosecutor and an attorney for the school board later chose not to press charges against the teacher.

Tue
16
Jan
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Burns Flat-Dill City School News

By Larry R. Johnson - BF/DC Superintendent

January is School Board Recognition Month and BFDC Schools is joining school districts across the state of Oklahoma to thank these community volunteers for their untiring dedication to public education.

Serving on a school board has been described as the ‘toughest volunteer job in America.’ Yet our school board members dedicate countless personal hours to attending meetings, school functions, and hours of preparation for the decisions they make.

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Tue
16
Jan
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Home Country

By Slim Randles

It was strange, Doc thought. All these years. All these people. It still hurts.

Old Tom had died around midnight, and Doc didn’t get more than an hour’s sleep since then. Just before he went, Tom reached out and gripped Doc’s hand and thanked him for everything. He was smiling when he went.

Somehow that made it worse for Doc than just having death bring a pleasant new start for someone in pain and agony. Doc hadn’t been able to patch him up this time. When someone Tom’s age has his organs shut down, there just isn’t much a doctor can do but make him comfortable and say goodbye.

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