Governor Fallin to Address Education Concerns at Oklahoma PTA Convention
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TULSA, OK—Mary Fallin, Governor of the State of Oklahoma, will address participants at the 92nd Annual Oklahoma Parent Teacher Association State Convention to be held at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center, 6808 South 107th East Avenue on Friday, July 18, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.
The Governor will welcome parents, teachers and administrators from across Oklahoma to the conference and will speak about shared concerns and challenges facing education today. Unconfirmed topics may include remarks on Common Core (HB 3393), standardized testing (PASS), the costs associated with repealing Common Core, No Child Left Behind and others. It is estimated the Governor will speak for 10 to 15 minutes.
Following the Governor’s remarks, Oklahoma PTA President Jeffery Corbett will address the conference, briefly reviewing two compelling resolutions up for adoption during the meeting: Assessment/Accountability and Field Testing.
“Oklahoma PTA is calling for a complete moratorium on policies that force Oklahoma public schools to rely on high-stakes testing,” said Corbett. “A yes vote by Oklahoma PTA delegates will demand that assessments not be used as determinants in situations such as grade promotion, graduation or teacher evaluations.”
Corbett also noted the Field Testing resolution states that Oklahoma public school children should not be expected to conduct corporate research for profit testing companies. “These tests are being given at our expense with public taxpayer dollars, so that private corporations can turn around and sell their test products back to us at a profit. This is unreasonable and a very important issue to be voted on by Oklahoma PTA members,” said Corbett.
About the Oklahoma Parent Teacher Association® State Convention
Over 350 parents and educators are expected to attend the event. On-site registration will be available for $125. The conference will be held July 18 and 19 and breakout sessions will include topics such as Suicide Prevention, Bullying: It’s Just Not a School Problem, Building a Diverse PTA, the Dynamics of Child Sex Trafficking, Developmental Disabilities and Parent/School Partnerships, Advocacy – The Core of PTA, and others.
About the Oklahoma Parent Teacher Association
Oklahoma PTA is Oklahoma’s largest and oldest child advocacy association, founded in 1922. Our membership is our voice and with that we give voices to the thousands of children and families in Oklahoma.