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Wed, 04/01/2015 - 9:17am

Tulsa World - April 1, 2015

Our state’s education system is in desperate need of change. Our kids deserve the very best chance of having a successful life with a good-paying job to help them support a family here in Oklahoma. Those jobs are out there right now, but they sit empty because too often we are graduating students without the skills needed in a modern workforce. They can’t read a ruler or write a complete sentence on a job application. They can’t show up for work on time and don’t realize that most manufacturing jobs today involve computers more than dark, dirty assembly lines.

The business community understands Oklahoma’s potential. We are parents, community members, mentors and simply concerned citizens. That’s why when we hear elected officials and education advocates saying that business needs to “stay in its own lane” and not get involved in education, we take it personally. Not for ourselves, but for our children, our future workforce.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 9:10am

Newsok.com - April 1, 2015

Our state’s education system is in desperate need of change. Our kids deserve the best chance of having a successful life with a good-paying job to help them support a family here in Oklahoma. Those jobs are out there, but they sit empty because too often we are graduating students without the skills needed in a modern workforce. They can’t read a ruler or write a complete sentence on a job application. They can’t show up for work on time and don’t realize that most manufacturing jobs today involve computers more than dark, dirty assembly lines.

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 9:17am

Oklahoma City (March 31, 2015) – Oklahoma’s schools aren’t producing enough graduates with skills the business community needs according to a new report commissioned by the Oklahoma Achieves. The report, titled “Oklahoma’s Business Case for Education Reform,” finds that Oklahoma schools are producing only half of the workers needed to fill high-skilled jobs in the state. If this trend continues, by 2020 there will be more than 500,000 jobs requiring post-secondary education that can’t be filled by Oklahomans.
 

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 2:58pm

Oklahoma City (November 24, 2014) – Oklahoma Achieves Executive Director Jennifer Monies released the following statement following the announcement that Oklahoma’s waiver from federal No Child Left Behind mandates has been reinstated:
 
“While it is good news that schools will have more flexibility on how to spend some federal education dollars, today’s announcement doesn’t change the need for more rigorous education standards in Oklahoma.
 

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:13pm

NewsOK.com 10/22/14
More than 600 third-graders in the Oklahoma City school district have failed to prove they read well enough to earn promotion to the fourth grade as a state deadline for doing so approaches.

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:26am

The business community needs to be involved in improving this state’s education system. After all, having an educated workforce impacts the bottom line. The most important capital investment in every business is human capital.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:30pm

Click here for the full report. This report is published annually by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:23pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation News - September 11, 2014
Leaders & Laggards Evaluates K–12 Educational Effectiveness Across All 50 States and the District of Columbia
 

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:04pm

Oklahoma City (August 28, 2014) – Oklahoma Achieves Executive Director Jennifer Monies released the following statement following the loss of the state’s waiver to federal No Child Left Behind mandates:

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:03pm

NewsOK - August 28, 2014
What they said Reaction to loss of waiver

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