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October 17, 2012

Legislative forum asks questions

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NORMAN —

She also supports removing the governor from the pardon and parole process in the case of nonviolent offenders.

“I’m in favor of this question because I think our prisons are overcrowded,” she said.

Oklahoma is the hardest state in the union to get anyone on the ballot, Roberts said.

“I don’t think it should just be writing a check and you get on the ballot, but we need to find an easier way to do that,” she said.

Roberts is concerned about the increased emphasis on standardized testing.

“I don’t like it. We need accountability, but we are teaching the test and losing the whole idea of teaching. It used to be about the art of teaching and moving beyond just your subject matter. Teaching the test leaves kids knowing only the test. We need to move past that. We need to teach critical thinking skills and not memorization,” she said.

“When I was teaching school, Oklahoma was in the mid-30s in education funding,” Roberts said. “Now we are at the very bottom. We need to find the funds to improve our education programs. Until we commit to this, we will continue to fail our schools. The legislature is cutting education by not funding our growing schools.”

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