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November 2, 2013

We seem to have irritated the governor. All of the criticism of the state’s A-F Report Card system does not please her. Apparently when she’s not making appearances on Fox News or raising boatloads of cash, she actually pays attention to some of the things that happen here. Well, her spokesperson does. From tomorrow’s Tulsa World:

“It’s not helpful to anyone’s cause. It seems to be some opponents are absolutely bent on undermining the credibility of the entire system,” said Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz. “The fact of the matter is this grading system, regardless of whether or not you believe it should have been put together differently, is the law.”

The link is a preview of tomorrow’s article which also teases the idea that continued criticism of the law and the results could jeopardize additional funding for schools. Let me see if I understand. The governor doesn’t care much for research. She disagrees with the OU/OSU researchers’ findings. She doesn’t want people to voice displeasure with laws (except for the laws she doesn’t like). And people having opinions could cost schools money.

In other words, shut up, or I’ll punish the kids. Well, she won’t, but her people will.

  1. Doug Fishback
    November 2, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    The superintendents don’t have to speak alone. Sign my online petition to tell state leadership we reject A-F. They can’t silence us.



    • Cherry Redus
      November 3, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Done! Thank you for starting the petition.


  2. Judy Watts
    November 2, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I cannot believe our governor is threatening us, isn’t it called freedom of speec


  3. Tia
    November 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Reading her statement, I’m reminded she could be defending the ACA the same way. I guess she picks what’s important to her. 🙂


  4. November 2, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I miss Governor Bellmon.


  5. November 2, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Because Public Education is necessary for our experiment with Democracy and is fundamental to effective self-governance, an effective attack on Public Education will require an assault against Democracy. And when Democracy wins, public education wins.


  6. Shirley70
    November 2, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Mary Fallon has greater aspirations than just being the Governor of Oklahoma. She can’t have anything which might make her look bad. She doesn’t do anything unless it has the approval of the Republicans and the Tea Party. Too bad that she doesn’t care about Education.


  7. November 2, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Gov. Miss Mary: ““The fact of the matter is this grading system, regardless of whether or not you believe it should have been put together differently, is the law.”

    Michael Dodson: “The fact of the matter is, Gov. Miss Mary, regardless of whether or not you believe the Affordable Care Act should have been put together differently (or should have been put together at all), it is the law.”


    • Katie
      November 3, 2013 at 7:01 am

      Took the words right out of my mouth! EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!


  8. Dawn Emanuel
    November 3, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    The education system, grading and core curriculum included, is broken. I taught for thirteen years. Say what you want, standardized test are a waste of money, effort, and teaching time.


    • Arsann Hicks
      November 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      you are soooo right. I’m not even a teacher but seeing the result in uneducated young people is proof enough for me.


  9. November 4, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Oklahoma is growing parent action teams to fight for what is right in education. I supported Doug’s petition and have had one of our own that we will be taking to OKC. Ours goes one step further and asks our legislature to write legislation to allow our partents to opt out of high-stakes testing for our EOI or CC. We do understand that the more people who sign it the more it might be listened to. But the one thing that we do have is the ballot box and we do plan to use it if we don’t get what we want. 2014 can’t get here soon enough.
    Linda Nye, Sand Springs Parent Action and Advocacy Team


    • Dawn Emanuel
      November 4, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      Linda, count me in. The best voice we have is the ballot box!


  10. November 4, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Does she feel the same way about the ACA (Obamacare)? After all, it is the law.


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