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Tue
20
Mar
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

State representatives considered 175 pieces of legislation last week on the House floor. Many questions were asked and debates given in favor and against various bills and resolutions. By almost 11 p.m.

Thursday night we’d heard every House bill or resolution we could hear before the midnight deadline for measures to be passed out of the chamber of origin.

Appropriations and budget bills and measures crafted by the speaker of the House as well as joint resolutions are eligible to be heard at any time, but all other measures had to be voted on by this deadline. Now, House committees will resume meeting to consider legislation passed to us by the Senate.

 

Tue
20
Mar
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

I am sure that most of you have heard about and at least formed some type of opinion on the impending teacher walkout that is scheduled for April 2, 2018. I would like to share some thoughts on this issue by providing some background information on this topic.

It is my goal that you will have a better understanding of why our teachers feel that such a drastic step such as walking out is necessary.

The issues behind a teacher pay raise are two fold pay for teachers and attracting as well as retaining, people into the education profession.

 

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Tue
13
Mar
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Burns Flat-Dill City School News

By Larry R. Johnson

I want to address the question regarding the day we missed for bad weather and whether or not we will make it up. My general policy is that for each two days we miss; we will make one up. So, at this point, we do not have to make up any days. Concerning the old John Ross Elementary building, our board approved a bid for its demolition.

Hutton, Inc. from Elk City has started asbestos removal. After the asbestos has been taken away, the building will be demolished and removed. We have decided to keep the gymnasium for a baseball/softball hitting facility. The bid was for $127,205.00 and except for our deductible of $2500, will be paid for by insurance.

 

Tue
13
Mar
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

 

I hear the frustration and anger expressed by teachers from throughout the state who are threatening to walk out of classrooms on April 2 in order to make a strong statement about receiving raises. I am married to a teacher and have other educators in my family. I have long been a supporter of public education and know the incredible benefits of having a highly qualified teacher in our classrooms to help our students reach their highest potential and be ready to lead our future.

Tue
06
Mar
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

School safety and gun control has been at the forefront of many discussions since the recent school shooting in Florida. While I don’t want to get political, I would like to share my thoughts on school safety and security. Any school shooting is a tragic event; I simply can’t imagine having to deal with such a tragedy.

Having to deal with the death of students while at school has become way too common across our country. It is hard to understand what drives someone to commit such an act. I believe that there are numerous factors that drive someone to take such action. Family life, past experiences, drugs/alcohol, mental illness and even video games have all been blamed for contributing to such behavior.

However, there has been no one direct cause or link that can be correlated to such violence

 

Tue
27
Feb
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Home Country

By Slim Randles

The guys were outside at the sale barn, sipping coffee in Styrofoam cups and waiting for someone to say something. Inside, the pitch of the auctioneer was heralding the glories of an old spavined milk cow, and fevered cattlemen were waving cards with numbers on them.

It was quieter outside.

 

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Tue
27
Feb
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

The state Board of Equalization met last week to certify revenue the Legislature can appropriate for the Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

The board estimates we will have a budget gap of about $167 million. This represents the difference between what was appropriated for Fiscal Year 2018 and what should be available for FY19. This is actually great news. Last fall, the gap was estimated at $800 million. Just two years ago, it was $1.3 billion. It’s shrinking by the day. By the time we reach a budget agreement for the coming fiscal year, the gap may be much lower.

 

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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.

 

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