Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pastor asks OKC school board to embrace tolerance

"All that we are asking," Pastor Sam Storms recently told the Oklahoma City school board, "all that Mr. Humphreys desires, is that he be granted the same right and freedom to embrace his views on human sexuality that is granted to the LGBTQ community."
He is more than willing to affirm their right to believe and live in accordance with their convictions concerning homosexuality. He simply is asking that he be shown the same dignity and granted the same constitutional freedom when it comes to his beliefs about what the Bible says concerning homosexual behavior.
I’m not asking that you agree with his or my moral convictions concerning homosexual practice but only that you extend to him the same respect and intellectual freedom that you so tenaciously protect on behalf of all others.

Were Mr. Humphreys to be removed from the Board of John Rex School it would tell me and others that anyone can serve on this Board except evangelical Christians. It tells me that every view is permissible and should be granted freedom of expression and protection from discrimination except the view embraced by orthodox, Bible-believing Christians.

Surely our emphasis on “inclusion” and “tolerance” and the importance of showing respect for all views should be extended to all persons, including Mr. Humphreys.

Teachers cite dues, ideology for OEA membership slide

Jay Chilton has the story.

Oklahoma charter school teacher earned $106K last year

EPIC Charter Schools' highest-paid teacher made $106,324 in 2016-17, the Tulsa World reports.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Inola adapts to four-day week

Inola Public Schools superintendent Kent Holbrook tells the Tulsa World that the district may keep its four-day school week regardless of funding.
Holbrook said some people argue that the four-day week is bad for students, while others see it the opposite way. He said the district would evaluate with the community whether or not going back to five days would be the right thing to do.

State Chamber strategic plan recommends school choice

Patrick McGuigan has the story and discusses it here on News 9.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bixby football players admitted to sexually assaulting student at superintendent's home

They also recorded the incident, the ABC affiliate in Phoenix reports.

Bluejacket parents say teacher allowed child to be bullied

"Parents in Bluejacket are angry after they say an elementary gym teacher encouraged students to bully their son," the News on 6 reports.

Bullying most common reason students choose virtual schools

"Forty-one percent of students who attend a virtual charter school in Oklahoma left their previous school because they were victims of bullying," Ben Felder reports in The Oklahoman.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Most government-funded programs allow participants to choose a provider

"Public education in America is one of the only major government-funded programs that does not allow participants to choose a provider," the United States Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC) notes in a new report.
Social Security beneficiaries can choose how they spend their benefits. Medicare and Medicaid recipients generally choose their health care providers. Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients can choose where they shop. Federal Housing Choice Voucher program recipients can choose where they live, and in fact, the federal government touts the accommodating aspect of housing choice: “Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.” Thus, adding choice in education is consistent with the tradition of other large government-funded programs.

Textbooks nationwide saturated with identity politics

"California has had enormous influence on the nation’s history textbooks in the past, and single-interest groups have long flocked to Sacramento to try to gain expanded, favorable inclusion," writes Gilbert T. Sewall, director of the American Textbook Council. "The LGBT lobby has been notably assertive."
But arguing over labels misses the point. What in the world is a television personality like Ellen DeGeneres doing in a first-grade social-studies textbook? If you ask, many educators will look at you funny. If you exclaim that these are little children, that lesbian is a complicated word for six-year-olds, or that age-inappropriate might be an understatement here, heads will shake. If you say that sexualizing historical figures like Emily Dickinson or Florence Nightingale marginalizes their achievements, they will think you are the problem to overcome.

LGBT awareness is one of several themes reshaping social studies/history programs. California mandates study of “Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, persons with disabilities, and members of other ethnic and cultural groups.” State law prohibits the state board and the governing board of any school district from adopting textbooks or other instructional materials that contain any matter that “reflects adversely upon persons because of their race, sex, color, creed, handicap, national origin, or ancestry.” Only textbooks assembled according to diversity’s catechism need apply for state approval.

Not just in California but nationwide, curriculum supervisors at all levels, by law or partiality, won’t consider volumes unless they align to multicultural premises. Old-style textbooks have been taken out of print. As a result, teachers and parents are finding it close to impossible to avoid lessons saturated in identity politics.

‘Rather than feeling supported, teachers feel disrespected’

As one teacher told Tulsa Kids, “It’s never been about money. Teachers leave TPS because of the hostile work environment.”

Friday, January 5, 2018

Elk City addressing alleged bullying caught on camera

KFOR has the story.

Police say former Putnam City worker embezzled more than $76K

"A former financial secretary who collected child care payments for a Putnam City district elementary school is accused of stealing $76,000 over a 7-year period," The Oklahoman reports.

Family sues Sequoyah school district for failing to protect child from bullying

The News on 6 has the story.

Wagoner school official accused of pulling 16-year-old girl into janitor’s closet

The dean of students for the Wagoner Public Schools has resigned after being accused of taking a 16-year-old girl into a closet, the Tulsa World reports.