Oklahoma fight over education heats up at state Capitol

The struggle in Oklahoma for education unfolded at the State Capitol. School superintendent Joy Hofmeister spoke with parents against the Oklahoma Empowerment Act. The bill proposes that funding for education go directly to families. Senate Senate Republican Greg Trita’s bill proposes that the state allocate money for student education through empowerment. The bill will then give the student’s parents access to that account, which can be used to educate their student. Hofmeister, who is also running for governor, stood next to parents who feared the bill would hurt rural schools that depend on public money and could lose them if parents choose another option. They believe that public schools are the best option for students. “We need to keep our schools in the classroom with a caring dedicated teacher who has the necessary resources. Including people. Reading specialists. These are math teachers, behaviorists, counselors. They all lie on the shoulders of teachers in the classroom without those people who support children, ”Hoffmeister said. The state says the bill aims to give parents more options, and Education Secretary Ryan Walters thinks so. “We continue to involve parents in putting them in the driver’s seat and giving them options for teaching their child. We need to continue to support our teachers. We need to make sure teachers have all the resources to succeed, but we have to make sure that every Oklahoma student has every opportunity to succeed, and that’s part of what this bill will do, ”Walters said. It should be noted that Walters claims to replace Hofmeister. Currently, this bill I have to stop after passing the Senate, but Walters said he and the governor are working with several people to find a way forward.

The struggle in Oklahoma for education unfolded at the State Capitol.

School superintendent Joy Hofmeister spoke with parents against the Oklahoma Empowerment Act. The bill proposes that education funding go directly to families.

Senate Senate Republican Greg Trita’s bill proposes that the state allocate money for student education through empowerment. The bill will then give the student’s parents access to this account that can be used to educate their student.

Hofmeister, who is also running for governor, stood next to parents who feared the bill would damage rural schools that depend on public money and could lose them if parents choose another option. They believe that public schools are the best option for students.

“We need to keep our schools in the classroom with a caring dedicated teacher who has the necessary resources. Including people. Reading specialists. These are math tutors, behavior specialists, counselors. All of this is on the shoulders of classroom teachers without those people. supporting children, ”Hoffmeister said.

The state argues that the bill is to give parents more opportunities, which, according to Education Minister Ryan Walters, is good.

“We continue to involve parents in putting them in the driver’s seat and giving them options for teaching their child. We need to continue to support our teachers. We need to make sure teachers have all the resources to succeed, but we have to make sure that every Oklahoma student has every chance to succeed, and that’s part of what this bill will do, ”Walters said.

It should be noted that Hoffmeister is replaced by Walters.

Currently, the bill will be discontinued after the Senate passes it, but Walters said he and the governor are working with several people to find a way forward.

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