Legislative Agenda

Our Legislative Goals

  • Align our education system to the needs of Oklahoma's current and future workforce
  • Encourage increased connection between business and the classroom
  • Protect access to quality college and career readiness assessments
  • Attract, retain and promote outstanding teachers and administrators in schools
  • Place an emphasis on giving students the foundation they need for academic success
  • Protect and improve the variety of educational choices given to Oklahoma students and parents
  • Protect existing reforms and support their full implementation
  • Promote innovation in education

2018 Legislative Agenda

  • Protect A-F accountability system to ensure school sites have strong metrics in which to measure growth and improvement
  • Require more transparency on per pupil spending by district through easy access on a district’s website
  • Expand access to Advanced Placement programs and concurrent enrollment for high school students statewide
  • Support the passage of policies that promote school choice in order to give students free market choice when selecting the school that best meets their individual needs
  • Protect the statewide State Board of Education appeal for charter applications
  • Give public charter schools equal access to district resources
  • Give parents and students education savings accounts to allow for personalization of education options
  • Support regionally-competitive teacher pay, a restructuring of the salary schedule to incentivize Oklahoma’s teachers to remain in the profession, performance pay that rewards our best teachers and a differentiated pay plan that helps fill high-need areas like D/F schools, STEM positions, etc.
  • Modify/eliminate the minimum salary schedule to allow districts flexibility in how teachers are paid
  • Develop a teacher licensure ladder with ample opportunities for advancement within the teaching profession

Long-Term Policy

  • Create an Innovation Fund for education to foster outside the box thinking and creative ideas
  • Create an online portal to help better connect business with education needs
  • Reform high school counselors to make them more like career navigators
  • Advocate for funding formula reform, including flexibility and equalized funding for all public schools
  • Incentivize businesses to offer internships, apprenticeships, teacher externships
  • Expand competency-based and quality digital learning offerings statewide
  • Support increased and improved STEM education at all grade levels and encourage STEM community participation statewide
  • Encourage the development of PK-20 longitudinal database to include data from common education, CareerTech, higher education and the workforce
  • Build stronger school leaders through traditional education certificates as well as non-traditional pathways