CCOSA LEGISLATIVE GOALS 2022-2023
ACADEMICS: CCOSA will
- Support a plan to sustain innovative learning initiatives implemented with recent investments of new money, provided during the pandemic.
- Support the elimination of barriers and support college and career pathway programs, concurrent enrollment, and dual credit options.
- Support broadband access for all students.
- Promote grade-level appropriate student assessments aligned with current research and the Oklahoma Academic Standards.
FUNDING: CCOSA will
- Support an increase in teacher and support employee salaries, including related service providers, as well as operational costs with sustainable funding sources.
- Support funding to incentivize retirees and certified teachers to return to teaching.
- Oppose unfunded mandates and any attempts to divert public funds to non-public schools.
- Oppose any attempts to reduce local funding sources.
- Support a full-time virtual student weight that more accurately reflects costs to educate virtual students.
ACCOUNTABILITY: CCOSA will
- Support the continued development and implementation of research-based accountability measures with multi-criteria indicators of student growth.
- Support equal accountability for all schools receiving public dollars. Support changing the composition and appointment process to the State Board of Education as recommended in the LOFT Report (June, 2022).
- Support reducing bureaucratic regulations not required by law.
EMPLOYEES: CCOSA will
- Support legislation to address the current teacher, including related service providers, and support staff shortage.
- Support the elimination of barriers to allow retired teachers to re-enter the classroom upon retirement without restrictions or additional costs to school districts. Support the elimination of barriers to address the bus driver shortage. revamping of the (state/federal) bus driver certification process to address the bus driver shortage by removing unnecessary barriers.
LOCAL CONCERNS: CCOSA will
- Oppose any legislation that removes educational decisions from locally elected Boards of Education.
- Support legislation that will maintain student transfer decisions at the local level.
- Oppose the expansion of charter schools without input from local boards of education.
FEDERAL: CCOSA will
- Oppose efforts to reduce or eliminate federal education funds to the state.
- Support federal funding for Title programs, IDEA, and Impact Aid Programs.
- Support the expansion of E-rate funding.
CCOSA will consider taking a position on legislation or making a policy statement on issues that are relevant to its vision and mission. In making that determination, the following questions will be considered:
CCOSA Vision -- As the state’s preeminent membership association for school administrators, CCOSA serves as Oklahoma’s most active and trusted voice in education policy, practice, and leadership, informing and shaping public policy and public opinion to ensure Oklahomans have the best public school system available.
CCOSA Mission -- to promote quality administrative leadership for Oklahoma schools through professional development, legislation, and member services.
- Will the legislation support CCOSA’s vision and mission?
- Will it improve the quality and success of our school systems and their students or promote the development of a skilled, educated and healthy workforce?
- Have the expected fiscal impact of the legislation and current economic environment been appropriately considered
- Will it divert public dollars to be used for private purposes?
- Is it supported in research to be effective for schools and children?
- Will it create less paperwork and/or requirements for schools?
- Will the support of CCOSA likely make a difference to the outcome?
- Does the issue impact a large number of our members, their schools and Oklahoma’s children?
- Will taking a position create a significant conflict among members or other common education organizations?