School Security: Survey Results and Upcoming Legislative Study

School Security in Oklahoma In light of the recent tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, and other reports of violent school incidents, the Oklahoma Legislature is conducting an interim study on school security. The study will consider security practices in Oklahoma schools and address proposals to improve such practices. Members of the Oklahoma Legislature requested the participationContinue reading School Security: Survey Results and Upcoming Legislative Study

Two Bills Aim to Hurt Teacher Advocacy in Oklahoma

The recent bipartisan success of defeating SB 1647—universal school vouchers—has not gone unnoticed. But what has escaped the public spotlight is the long-term strategy to erode the advocacy of teachers and school employees in Oklahoma. Two bills—SB 634 and SB 1592—are part of this strategy. Under the guise of helping school employees, these bills aimContinue reading Two Bills Aim to Hurt Teacher Advocacy in Oklahoma

POE’s Legislative Survey #1—Results

Professional Oklahoma Educators (POE) conducts several member surveys on important education topics and bills each legislative session. These surveys help the POE government affairs team understand the thoughts, concerns, and positions of POE members on important legislative matters. The survey results direct POE’s lobbying efforts and provide firsthand data to lawmakers. POE’s first survey ofContinue reading POE’s Legislative Survey #1—Results

The Play to Learn Act: A Refocusing of Early Childhood Education

Article Updated March 11, 2021 Sometimes you just have to jump up, run around, and shake all the wiggles out! The Play to Learn Act, authored by Rep. Jacob Rosecrants, understands this truth. This bipartisan-supported act, numbered House Bill 1569, aims to get children actively involved in the learning process through play-based curriculum and focusedContinue reading The Play to Learn Act: A Refocusing of Early Childhood Education

School Funding Reform Bill Passes House Floor

The School Funding Reform Bill — House Bill 2078 — passed the House general assembly Feb. 24 with a vote of 68-30. The Funding Reform Bill, like its counterpart House Bill 2074 (open transfer), generated much debate. Given the extended duration of the floor proceedings, we have divided the video footage into four distinct partsContinue reading School Funding Reform Bill Passes House Floor

Pandemic Pay for School Support Employees Passes Committee — SB 807

Senate Bill 807 — a POE request bill — authored by Sen. Chris Kidd ensures that all school support employees, just like certified staff, will be paid in the event of a school closure due to a pandemic or other health emergency. SB 807 passed the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 23 with aContinue reading Pandemic Pay for School Support Employees Passes Committee — SB 807

The Open Transfer Act Passes House Education Committee (HB 2074)

Update: Open Transfer Act Passes House Floor 02/25/21 The Open Transfer Act, promoted by Gov. Kevin Stitt during his State of the State address, passed the House Education Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 16 with a vote of 11-3. This Act, numbered House Bill 2074, proposes to implement specific measures that would make the transfer ofContinue reading The Open Transfer Act Passes House Education Committee (HB 2074)