Opinion Editorial

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 3:38pm

Column by Bobby Griffith, Executive Director of Oklahoma Achieves, published in The Oklahoman on March 6, 2019

Oklahoma continues to rank near the bottom nationally on key educational outcomes. This unfairly limits Oklahoma students' learning opportunities and career prospects. It’s also detrimental to our economy as we seek to attract new companies.

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 1:56pm

By Jennifer Monies, published August 28, 2015 at NewsOK.com

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 1:55pm

Tulsa World August 22, 2015

I think we can all agree that good teachers are not paid enough for the tremendous work they do. Research shows that a good teacher is the single most important school-related factor associated with student success, but a teacher shortage in Oklahoma prevents our schools from having a good teacher in front of every student.

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:55pm

NewsOK.com July 1, 2015

I didn’t grow up in Oklahoma City. I don’t have memories of a desolate downtown after business hours or neighborhood whispers about brothels that apparently once existed walking distance from my house in the Gatewood Historic District. I only know an Oklahoma City with an NBA franchise, a bustling downtown park and a diverse local restaurant scene. Oklahoma City rivals any place I would want to raise my family. Almost nowhere else in the nation could I live within the urban core for the price and space we have. I live, work and play largely within a 5-mile radius.

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.


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