Education Coalition Alert – Parent Trigger Bill
This alert went out in email this morning:
The Oklahoma Education Coalition is asking all Oklahoma taxpayers, school patrons, parents and educators to OPPOSE SB 1001.
SB 1001 is being heard TODAY in the House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Education at 10:30 a.m.
CCOSA is joining with Oklahoma’s Education Coalition to stand united against SB 1001 for the following reasons:
- Mutual respect and collaboration between teachers, parents and districts is the key to success in our schools. SB 1001 pits parents, teachers, principals, and school districts against each other and creates divisiveness in communities. For example, Section 5 of SB 1001 turns the position of school principal and assistant principal into popularity contests.
- Section 3 of SB 1001 bases a parents’ ability to trigger change on a school site’s grade on Oklahoma’s A-F grading system that OU and OSU researchers have declared “unsalvageable.” This inappropriate use of the A-F system is neither wise public policy nor good for Oklahoma’s children.
- SB1001 transforms public school site(s) into privately operated charter school(s) circumventing local taxpayers’ and local school board members’ authority to operate their school(s).
- The Oklahoma Education Coalition has found no organized Oklahoma parent group in support of SB 1001. The Oklahoma Education Coalition shares the concerns of Oklahoma’s various parent associations that SB 1001 is being supported by a special interest group NOT affiliated with our state.
You can access the full text of SB 1001 here.
This urgent call to action is necessary as SB 1001 has passed the Oklahoma Senate by a vote of 30 to 12.
ALL CCOSA Members are asked to:
Please call AND email:
ALL Members of the House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Common Education – ask members to oppose SB 1001.
Lee Denney (R-Cushing) (405) 557-7304 firstname.lastname@example.org Katie Henke (R-Tulsa) (405) 557-7361 email@example.com Ed Cannaday (D-Porum) (405) 557-7375 firstname.lastname@example.org Dennis Casey (R-Morrison) (405) 557-7344 email@example.com Ann Coody (R-Lawton) (405) 557-7398 firstname.lastname@example.org Dan Fisher (R-El Reno) (405) 557-7311 email@example.com Kay Floyd (D-Oklahoma City) (405) 557-7396 firstname.lastname@example.org Marty Quinn (R-Claremore) (405) 557-7380 email@example.com
Thank you for helping the Oklahoma Education Coalition STOP SB 1001!
Echoing the CCOSA staff, I encourage you to contact not only the committee members, but your own specific legislators today!