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Jean Capps, 87

Born November 9, 1931

Died March 20, 2019

Jo Ann Byrd, 79

Born December 11, 1939

Died March 19, 2019

Donna F. Sisson, 67

Born April 1, 1951

Died March 19, 2019

Billie M. Carlile, 89

Born January 3, 1930

Died March 19, 2019

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Thursday, March 21

Muskogee, OK Skywarn Storm Spotter Training
2019 Jr. Naturalist Spring Break Hike
Operation Access Work Week
Muskogee Tobacco Cessation Group
LiveLoveCycle Indoor Training

Friday, March 22

Alex & Alphaeus at Momma C's
Operation Access Work Week
Knights of Columbus Lenten Meals
Noelle's Painting parties and Worshops

Saturday, March 23

Amish Country Store & Restaurant
Operation Access Work Week
History Bites: Taste of World War II
Celebrate Art and Music
Open Mic Night
Bedouin Glo N Go 5k and Fun Run
The Marriotts at Max's Garage
Bacone College 2019 Spring Pow Wow

Friday, January 11, 2019, 9:02 AM

State Sen. Mary Boren has filed legislation aimed at putting more resources directly in the classroom for textbooks and other teaching materials. Her bill also requires that funding allocated for instructional materials is used for that purpose.

Boren, a former educator who has previously worked for both the State Department of Education the State Regents for Higher Education, said Senate Bill 206 would increase the per-pupil amount for textbook and other instructional materials, which includes things like e-books, software and other related materials. The measure would increase that amount from $55 to $200.

“When I worked for the Department of Education in 2001, the state was providing $55 per student. Even though costs have risen dramatically since then, that amount is still just $55—plus, during the economic downturn, districts were given the ability to redirect those funds to other areas,” said Boren, D-Norman. “The combined result is school after school with tattered, outdated and insufficient textbooks and instructional materials and teachers and supporters being forced to plead for donations. If we want our children to be able to compete, they need current textbooks and materials. Forcing teachers and supporters to turn to outside fundraising may help in wealthier districts, but in many communities throughout the state, the resources simply aren’t there and our children are not getting the instructional materials they need to succeed. After looking at other states and visiting with Oklahoma teachers and administrators, it’s clear that $200 is a much more accurate reflection of the actual cost of instructional materials.”

Boren said that since statehood, Oklahoma’s Constitution has required the state to provide textbooks.

“The vision for our public schools was that all children would have an equitable educational opportunity but without adequate state support it cannot happen,” Boren said.

Boren’s legislation would also expand textbook selection committees at the local level to make sure teachers from each school within a district are included in that process.

“Those committees are evaluating material for every grade level, but under the current structure, you may or may not have teachers from all grade levels included,” Boren said. “My language will include teachers from each district’s elementary, middle and high schools on those textbook committees.”

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