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April 1, 2013

Parents form committee supporting education

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Owens provided a rundown of education bills that have raised alarm at CCOSA, pointing out wording or foreseeable outcomes that would be problematic for the state’s districts and emphasizing the time to act is now.

“We’ve just hit the halfway point of the legislative session. We’re getting closer to the end, which means the tempo speeds up,” Owens said. “Since the moratorium on accreditation standards, your schools don’t have to meet class-size requirements, they don’t have to buy library books, and a lot of districts are using money from the state intended for textbook purchases to pay for staff because they’ve been cut and cut and cut.

“It’s very disheartening when you see what we’re having to wipe away as far as effective strategies.”

According to Abdo, PLAC is not intended to interfere with pre-existing advocacy efforts going on through local Parent Teacher Associations or similar groups — rather, it’s an off-shoot.

“When I talk to people at schools, I say that if there’s a PTA, PLAC can be a springboard. These groups don’t have to have the name; it’s really more a movement encouraging parents to have a voice at the Capitol,” Abdo said.

For more information, email Merideth Exline at mexline@me.com or Benn at melissa@buildingperformanceok.com. PLAC is on Facebook at facebook.com/

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