Legislative Goals

Legislative Goals

2018-19 OASA Legislative Goals
  1. FUNDING: OASA supports raising new recurring revenue that will provide a long term and sustainable funding plan for public schools in Oklahoma. Funding should include operational money to increase teacher pay; meet HB 1017 class size mandates; support social and emotional needs of Oklahoma public school students; and provide a safe environment for students to be successful. We oppose any efforts to divert public funds to non-public schools.

  2. ACCOUNTABILITY: OASA supports the continued development and implementation of accountability measures that are research-based multi-criteria indicators of student growth. We support legislation that will standardize student transfer statutes and teacher contracts, as well as provide financial transparency for all schools that receive public funding.

  3. ACADEMICS: OASA supports an equitable, standardized, and universally fully funded tuition and fee schedule for 9-12 grade students concurrently enrolled in higher education courses that supports students in meeting their Individual Career Academic Plans (ICAP). OASA supports access to concurrent enrollment coursework beginning in 9th grade for all qualified students as determined by standards set by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE). We support a partnership with higher education that allows certified school teachers to teach “0” level coursework that would count as concurrent enrollment for students.

  4. EMPLOYEES: OASA supports legislative changes to assist with solving the current teacher shortage by removing barriers, protecting benefits, and improving compensation for current, future and retired education employees.

  5. LOCAL CONCERNS: OASA opposes any legislation that would remove educational decisions from locally elected Boards of Education. We support the expansion of charter schools ONLY with the approval of the local board of education.

  6. FEDERAL: OASA supports AASA federal goals for public education including the
    guiding principles for federal education policy that stem from equity and the important
    role the federal government stands to play in leveling the education playing field for all
    students; ensuring an appropriate Federal/State/Local balance; supporting students,
    families and special populations (funding for IDEA, Impact Aid, REAP, etc.); supporting
    personnel; strengthening district operations (reduce federal paperwork and provide
    flexibility); supporting students through appropriate curriculum and assessments; and
    enhancing district technology infrastructure and student data privacy.

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