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Education

March 11, 2014

School board supports education rally

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· The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has found that Oklahoma school districts have experienced the most severe state funding cuts in the nation.

Linda Sexton, NPS BOE president, said she would be at the rally with her two grandchildren in tow in their stroller. Sexton participated in a 1990 rally right after she joined the board regarding House Bill 1017 and said she felt this rally was just as important to education.

“The whole board is very much behind this resolution,” Sexton said. “And it’s terribly important for our parents to be there. Sometimes legislatures dismiss teachers’ concerns as simply, ‘I want a raise,’ but this is about so much more. It’s about how many kids are being crammed into a classroom. It’s about the kind of materials and education we can provide students with such limited resources.”

The school board also approved a contract for the district’s annual audit by Eide Bailey and a proposed revision Board of Education Policy No. 4010 regarding bullying behavior.

Rex Wall, NPS federal programs and adult basic education director, said most of the policy changes were procedural. Some substantial changes involved steps to be taken after an investigation of bullying is complete. Upon completion of an investigation, the principal or his/her designee may recommend necessary mental health care, substance abuse or other counseling as considered appropriate.

For more information about the rally, visit okea.org/legislative/education-funding-rally or email Cari Manzer at presidentofpen@gmail.com. For more information about NPS or to view the updated Policy No. 4010, visit norman.k12.ok.

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