Gov. Mary Fallin says criticism from educators of Oklahoma' A-F grading of schools is unproductive and could affect funding for public schools next year.
Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz told the Tulsa World that the criticism cripples Fallin's ability to make the case to the public and to lawmakers that increased funding can help improve schools and student performance.
With the increase, the agency is seeking about $495 million in funding for fiscal year 2015. The department says the money would be used to pay for a growing number of offenders who are placed in private prisons.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says education is the "new minimum" for economic success.
Fallin was in Santa Fe, N.M., Monday for a summit to discuss connecting education with the workforce.
Fallin said the number of well-paying jobs that required a high school education or less has fallen from 80 percent about 50 years ago to 35 percent today. She said the new minimum for well-paying jobs is a two-year or four-year college degree or a certificate in the field in which a person wishes to work.
The political polarization of the United States continues to capture the attention of politicians and political observers. University of Oklahoma President David Boren calls the problem, “one of the most serious threats to America’s influence at home and abroad.”
Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 2:28 pm
The next time you look in a mirror, think about this: In many ways you're more microbe than human. There are 10 times more cells from microorganisms like bacteria and fungi in and on our bodies than there are human cells.
Scientists increasingly think that these microorganisms have a huge influence on our health. Without them, our bodies don't seem to do as well. We don't seem to be as healthy and might actually get sick more often.
Matt Reed, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and curator of the American Indian Collections for the Oklahoma Historical Society, has been envisioning since he got the job to have events during this month that educate the public about the Native peoples of Oklahoma.