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June 5, 2014

Gov. Fallin Signs HB 3399 to Repeal and Replace Common Core

Filed under: Education — Tags: , , , , , — oksafeinc @ 8:22 pm

OK-SAFE, Inc. – OK Governor Mary Fallin today issued a press release, indicating she had finally signed HB 3399, the bill to repeal and replace the controversial Common Core state standards. 

Hopeful as this is, it must be remembered that Fallin is a professional politician, with strong ties to the NGA and the corporate world, both of which want Common Core adopted.  Those opposed to the Common Core state standards will need to remain vigilant, to make sure that the “replacement” standards are more substantial than just a name change.

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June 5, 2014

Governor Mary Fallin Signs HB 3399 to Repeal and Replace Common Core Standards

New Standards will be developed in Oklahoma and Increase Academic Rigor

OKLAHOMA CITY—Governor Mary Fallin today signed HB 3399, a bill that replaces the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English and math with academic standards to be designed by the state of Oklahoma.

HB 3399 repeals the adoption of CCSS and directs the State Board of Education to create new, more rigorous standards by August 2016. For the first time in state history, the State Regents for Higher Education, the State Board of Career and Technology Education, and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce will be asked to formally evaluate those standards to determine they are “college and career ready.” While those new standards are being written, the state standards for English and math will revert to the Oklahoma Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) standards used from 2003 to 2010.

HB 3399 passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers, 71-18 in the House and 31-10 in the Senate.

Fallin signed the bill, stating:

“We are capable of developing our own Oklahoma academic standards that will be better than Common Core. Now is the time for Oklahomans – parents, citizens, educators, employers and elected officials – to unite behind the common goal of improving our schools. That begins with doing the hard work of building new, more rigorous Oklahoma standards.

“All Oklahomans want our children to get a quality education and to live the American Dream. To ensure our children have that opportunity, Oklahoma – and every state—must raise the bar for education standards so that our children can compete worldwide.

“Common Core was created with that well-intentioned goal in mind. It was intended to develop a set of high standards in classrooms across the nation that would ensure children graduated from high school prepared for college and a career in an increasingly competitive workforce. It was originally designed as a state-lead – not federal – initiative that each state could choose to voluntarily adopt.

“Unfortunately, federal overreach has tainted Common Core. President Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core in an attempt to influence state education standards. The results are predictable. What should have been a bipartisan policy is now widely regarded as the president’s plan to establish federal control of curricula, testing and teaching strategies.

“We cannot ignore the widespread concern of citizens, parents, educators and legislators who have expressed fear that adopting Common Core gives up local control of Oklahoma’s public schools. The words ‘Common Core’ in Oklahoma are now so divisive that they have become a distraction that interferes with our mission of providing the best education possible for our children. If we are going to improve our standards in the classroom, now is the time to get to work.

“For that reason I am signing HB 3399 to repeal and replace Common Core with Oklahoma designed and implemented education standards. I am committed, now more than ever, to ensuring these standards are rigorous. They must raise the bar – beyond what Common Core offers – on what we expect of our students. Above all, they must be developed with the goal of teaching children to think critically and creatively and to complete high school with the knowledge they need to succeed in college and in the workforce. I also ‘get it’ that Oklahoma standards must be exceptional, so when businesses and military families move to Oklahoma they can rest assured knowing their children will get a great education.

“The process of developing new, higher standards will not take place overnight, nor will it be easy. It will require hard work and collaboration between parents, educators, employers and lawmakers. Developing these standards is worth the effort; because our children’s education is that important to our state. Their futures, as well as Oklahoma’s future prosperity, depend on our ability to write and implement education standards that will prepare our children for success. I know Oklahoma is up to that challenge.

“My thanks go out to the educators and schools that have already worked hard to raise expectations and standards for our children. I know they will continue to build on those efforts as we move forward together as a state.”

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March 15, 2014

Day of Activism – Against Common Core! Monday, March 17th at the Capitol

Filed under: Education, Events, Lobbying — Tags: , , , — oksafeinc @ 2:00 pm

OK-SAFE, Inc. – From our friends at ROPE and across the state comes the call for a Day of Activism – Against Common Core at the OK state Capitol, on Monday, March 17, 2014.   The event runs from 11 am to 3 pm, with free T-shirts going to the first 300 people.

Common Core State Standards (which should really be called Bill Gates’ Common Core National Standards) are the Obama Care of education reform.  Opposition to these national standards is mounting across the country (see here, here, here, and here).  Oklahoma’s opposition, and high level research on the facts of the issue, has been led by ROPE, along with courageous moms, key educators, and some better-informed legislators.

Our good friends at the Tulsa912 Project say they will be heading to the Capitol Monday with “like-minded groups, parents and concerned citizens.  If you would like to carpool and caravan with others from the Tulsa area, we will meet at the Reasor’s in Jenks (446 S. Elm, Jenks, OK).  Departure will be promptly at 9 am.  If you have questions contact Peggy at plburgess.dbo@gmail.com”.

 

Common Core Day of Activism 3-17-14

January 20, 2014

Town Hall in Bartlesville on Common Core – January 28th

Town Hall on Common Core

Attention: Parents, Grandparents, Teachers, Homeschoolers and Concerned Citizens

Town Hall meeting to learn more about Common Core

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
7-8:30pm

Speakers to Include:
Dr. Everett Piper, President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Jenni White, President of Restore Oklahoma Public Education
Linda Murphy, Educator
Kristal Picolet, Parent

For more information on Facebook:
bartiansforacademicfreedom@groups.facebook.com

Visit online:
http://www.bartiansforacademicfreedom.com

Or email:
email@bartiansforacademicfreedom.com

Sponsored by: Bartians For Academic Freedom, The Capital Meeting, and Restore Oklahoma Public Education

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December 30, 2013

OK-SAFE 2013 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Happy New Year from OK-SAFE!

November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Proclamation from 1789 is Timely for 2013

OK-SAFE, Inc. – November 28, 2013 is Thanksgiving Day in this country.

The bible defines thanksgiving as gratitude. Accordingly, we have much to be grateful for – God’s blessing are numerous, as evidenced in nature, in our lives and surroundings.  May we daily recognize the blessings bestowed upon us by our Heavenly Father.

Happy Thanksgiving

Our most important blessing is the saving grace of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Through Him we have redemption, and a life and liberty that no government can take from us, try as they might.

1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation
Issued by President George Washington

PROCLAMATION by the President of the United States of America:

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor – and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation – for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war -for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed – for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually – to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed – to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord – To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us – and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
GO. WASHINGTON.
[Source: The Papers of George Washington]

This country used to be governed by men of character and faith, as George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation indicates.  May his sentiments continue to be an example for us today.

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November 22, 2013

Take Back Your Power video showing Saturday – Claremore, OK

OK-SAFE, Inc. – There will be a video showing of the documentary Take Back Your Power from 1 – 4 pm on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Claremore Community Center, 2301 N. Sioux, Claremore, OK.

See details below:

Take Back Your Power flyer

 

 

October 23, 2013

Computer Security Expert: Obamacare a Hacker’s Dream

Filed under: Education — oksafeinc @ 4:38 pm

OK-SAFE, Inc. – From Newsmax:

Computer Security Expert: Obamacare a Hacker’s Dream

Oct. 3, 2013, by Greg Richter

Saying “somebody made a grave error,” McAfee Antivirus founder John McAfee says millions of Americans could have their identities stolen as people sign up for Obamacare.

Appearing on Fox Business Network’s “Cavuto” on Wednesday, the eccentric tech magnate warned that anyone can put up a fake Obamacare web page and claim to be a broker for the system. There is no central government-operated website to point people to legitimate brokers.

“Instead, any hacker can put a website up, make it look extremely competitive, and because of the nature of the system, this is healthcare after all, they can ask you the most intimate questions, and you’re freely going to answer them,” McAfee said. An unsuspecting user might give up his Social Security number, date of birth or share any mental health issues, he said.

Though he announced this past weekend development of software that can hide users from the NSA’s prying eyes, McAfee said the hacker issue isn’t a problem software can solve.

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Rest of Newsmax story  here.

September 17, 2013

State Chamber Reveals Education Mission – Corporate interests over State

Filed under: Education — Tags: , , , — oksafeinc @ 10:44 am

OK-SAFE, Inc. – The following post from The McCarville Report is reminiscent of OK-SAFE’s report on the state Chamber of Commerce’s objectives regarding the OK Legislature.  (See OK-SAFE post entitled State Chamber Admits Running Campaigns – Thinks Tax Cuts Don’t Matter. )  

TMR Exclusive: Document Reveals State Chamber’s Education Mission, Angers Some

newsexThe McCarville Report Exclusive

A grant application from the Oklahoma State Chamber has found its way into the hands of some state lawmakers who are unhappy with its tone and mission.

The state chamber plans to school legislators on education at a proposed “academy” and promises to deliver “50%” of the Oklahoma Legislature on education objectives important to out-of-state foundations.

Part I

The state chamber wants dollars for a proposed non-profit from the Bill Gates Foundation, the Walton Foundation and the Kaiser Foundation.

Some insiders say the controversial document threatens to divide Republicans next year on the education issue.

Rural lawmakers fear the proposals will strip their schools of funding while some “far right” conservatives fear the proposal brings more federal control of Oklahoma education.

Link to full TMR article here.

August 30, 2013

2013 Special Session Legislation Posted Online

Filed under: Education — oksafeinc @ 9:16 am

OK-SAFE, Inc. – The Oklahoma Legislature will convene the 2013 Special Session on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.  This session is expected to run 6 to 10 days.

This Extraordinary Session was convened per Gov. Mary Fallin’s Executive Order 2013-30 to address a single subject: the tort reform passed in 2009 recently thrown out by the OK Supreme Court. 

Many are concerned that the legislators may try to slip other subject matter, i.e., expansion of Medicaid, giving additional authority to the OHCA, health care reform initiatives, etc.  Keeping an eye on the session is recommended.

As legislation is filed for the 2013 Special Session it will be posted under the Legislation tab on the OK Legislature website. What is not known is if the legislation will follow the same legislative process (committee assignment, etc.) before advancing directly to the floor for consideration.

To see text of the proposed legislation for the 2013 Special Session:

  1. Go to http://www.oklegislature.gov
  2. Click on Legislation, then choose Text of Measures
  3. Choose the Chamber: Senate or House; 2013 Special Session; Introduced
  4. Click Search

As of 9:00 am this morning one bill had been filed:

HB1001

09/03/2013

Officers; The Governmental Tort Claims Act; modifying exemptions from liability.

Blackwell(H)

 

August 23, 2013

1st Annual Defenders of Liberty – Grassroots Activisim Awards 8-24-13, Tulsa

Filed under: Education — oksafeinc @ 10:30 am

From our friends at Liberty on Tap and Tulsa 9.12:

Liberty on Tap and Tulsa 9.12 will be hosting our 1st Annual Defenders of Liberty – Grassroots Activism Awards honoring local conservative grassroots activists

Ice Cream Social Fundraiser and Activist Award Presentation

Fun for the entire family – lots of ice cream – playground and adult beverage (beer)

We have tons of ice cream so bring all the kids! Any donation for the ice cream will be accepted!

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2013

Time: 3:00 to 5:00pm

Location: Grace Lutheran Church, 2331 E. 5th Place, Tulsa, OK 74104

Make plans to be there!

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