Interesting Bills to Watch
Repeal of HB 3055 via HB 1562 by Rep. Wesselhoft and Senator Dahm would be accomplished by passing HB 1562. HB 3055 was a massive change in water policy in Oklahoma, driven by special interests that slipped past conservative activists. Like all of these special interest driven bills the idea is to bring us closer to Agenda 21 being forced upon the citizens. What better way than to restrict the use of private land in the name of “water quality” or “conservation”. Their idea of progress is to allow no additional use of water than we used in 2012, extending this water use limit to 2060 regardless of future growth.
HB 1562 has passed out of committee and is now in the hands of the Calendar Committee composed of:
Pam Peterson, Chair - 405-557-7341, Don Armes - 405-557-7307, Josh Cockroft - 405-557-7349,
Marian Cooksey - 405-557-7342, Elise Hall - 405-557-7403, Chuck Hoskin - 405-557-7319, Dennis Johnson - 405-557-7327, Fred Jordan - 405-557-7331, Steve Kouplen - 405-557-7306
Jeannie McDaniel - 405-557-7334, Skye McNiel - 405-557-7353, Jason Murphey - 405-557-7350
Leslie Osborn - 405-557-7333, Colby Schwartz - 405-557-7352, Ben Sherrer - 405-557-7364
Jason Smalley - 405-557-7368, Todd Thomsen - 405-557-7336, mily Virgin - 405-557-7323
Their email addresses, copy and paste into your email browser using Bcc:
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Demand that they put HB 1562 on the House floor for an up or down vote and ask that they themselves vote on the House floor to repeal the 2012 Water Act.
And those Calendaring Committee members will have their vote on HB 1562 used on their 2013 Oklahoma RINO Index score.
House Bill 1940 is named the Schoolchildren’s Religious Liberties Act and seeks to ensure that students are allowed to express their faith in school. While it is not appropriate for a school to impose a set of beliefs on children, it is obvious that citizens may express their faith.
House Bill 1487 would prohibit local assistance to United States Armed Forces in detaining Oklahoma residents.
Senate Bill 23 would prohibit the implementation of Agenda 21 policies.
House Bill 1021, which would nullify “Obama Care.” Written by Rep. Mike Ritze and Co authored by Rep. John Bennett the bill would nullify Obama Care in the state of Oklahoma as it is outside the enumerated powers granted the federal government. We recall that Justice Roberts reminded us that states are sovereign entities and must act like such on occasion. HB 1021 is to be heard on Tuesday February 19 2013 at 1:30pm in Public Health 412C
HB 1021is a bill that will be counted on the 2013 Oklahoma RINO Index and every single Representative will be held accountable if this bill doesn’t pass and they refuse to sign a discharge petition. Get used these boys and girls, killing a bill in committee don’t protect your political record at all.
Senate Bill 354, would nullify the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule-making authority in Oklahoma.
State Superintendent Janet Barresi Draws 2014 Opponent
By the Watchman
Mrs. Donna Anderson has given notice that she will seek the State Superintendent of Schools post currently held by RINO Janet Barresi. We were interested in seeing where she stood on the issues.
We next went to her web site at www.donnaforoklahoma.com to look at her biography page. As her priorities page was a work in progress we contacted Mrs. Anderson by telephone and conducted a short interview. We had four questions that we asked. Below is the interview questions and answers.
Q. Do you believe in the Common Core Curriculum currently being pushed by the state?
A. Only in part. The end of the year test for graduation should be replaced with the ACT test. Colleges don’t care about the end of year test. Another example is the test for 2nd graders asks too many questions that are beyond their grade level. Also there is nothing in the Common Core Curriculum Standard for Special Needs Students unless you need to use brail or sign language. This makes the system totally unfair to the rest of the Special Needs Students.
Q. Do you feel that educating our children should be left up to the local school boards?
A. Yes. Too much time is being spent on testing for federally mandated programs taking away from time to teach what they need to know to survive in this world.
Q. What is your opinion of the states A-F report card on schools?
A. It is basically a good idea that was poorly outlined and poorly implemented. If elected, I would over haul the system to make it a more fair and equitable system.
Q. Do you feel that the Federal Government is too deeply involved with the state education system?
A. Yes. That’s why we see things like Common Core Curriculum Standards and Race to the Top. They are tools to get control of the Education System.
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Barresi and Fallin are Only One Man Short
By the Watchman
You probably wonder what the Three Stooges have to do with this story; well they represent the three branches of government in our state who are trying to pull off the biggest scam on our citizens that we have ever seen. The education program promoted by the triad of the Governor, the Legislature and the Superintendent of Public Education is virtually turning our local schools into a profit gaining system for a few lucky customers and training our children to perform to the likings of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce.
A little over two years ago, we elected Janet Barresi as the Superintendent of Public Education. How did we get to the point where we elected a retired Dentist to become our chief educator? We decided we needed to re-investigate her campaign to see exactly how she became the Superintendent, and see if there were any connections to other state politicians and outside influences.
We started by investigating Superintendent Barresi by going to www.votesmart.org. There we found under her Professional Experience the fact that she is a Retired Dentist. We also found that she was a Speech Pathologist with the Norman and Harrah Public Schools. She also is listed as Board President of Harding Charter Preparatory High School. She fails to mention the Charter Middle School she founded. Nor does she give credit to the many educators that helped to develop these schools. Let’s face it. As noble a calling as Speech Pathology is, it doesn’t exactly prepare you to run a school.
We then went www.followthemoney.org to look at the campaign finances from her 2010 campaign. The information indicated that Superintendent Barresi had contributed $722,319.00 to her campaign. We saw this figure and knew that it was incorrect. We went to another source to get a better look at her finances.
We next went to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission site at www.ok.gov to look at her campaign finance reports there. There we did find where she loaned her campaign $100,000.00. We also found where it was repaid. This is where the triad comes in though. Among her individual donors are the Governor, Mary Fallin, numerous President and Vice Presidents of companies that are members of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce, who also support a majority of your Representatives and Senators. As you can see, Superintendent Baressi has the backing of a majority of the House and Senate, the Governor and it’s all been bought and paid for by the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce.
Our investigation followed one simple principle, follow the money. Here is what we found. These emails indicate that the legislation to change our education program is not being proposed or written by Superintendent Barresi’s office, but by an outside group looking to gain a lucrative contract in this state to administer test that are unproven. In fact the program is so unreliable that lawmakers in their own state are taking measures against it. You can read about it here. Surely this should tell our lawmakers that something is wrong.
We also found where Superintendent Barresi is the Chief of FEE in Oklahoma. Fee is part of the Jeb Bush organization that is pushing the Core Curriculum Standards around the Country. There is a salary that goes along with being the Chief of FEE in a state. That would warrant an investigation by the ethics commission as a violation of her oath of office and of the Constitution of the State of Oklahoma. You can see the responsibilities and duties and the part of a violation here.
Why hasn’t this been investigated before? Why has so much power been given to one individual? Why do they want to make her part of the taxing committee?
Doing further research we came across this article, Extremism in Defense of Mediocrity is Quite a Vice « Jay P. Greene's Blog. We found out that the man who wrote this blog also worked for Jeb Bush and has a vested interest in seeing that the Common core Curriculum is used throughout the nation. That’s enough to call into question the data that he used. How much cherry picking of the data did he do to arrive at his conclusion?
Is there a misunderstanding about the Common Core Curriculum? After reading the following article, I don’t think there will be Misunderstanding okeducationtruths? Hardly! « okeducationtruths. The only place that there seems to be a question is in the notification rules. You can read about that problem here. So that leaves us asking why we are putting these rules in.
That answer is simple. You can go back through our archives where we have investigated our legislators and you will see where we have connected many of them, including Governor Fallin, to the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce. Then we found this, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber - Education & Workforce. This is the Chambers connection to the Legislators and the Department of Education. We also found additional emails here that connected the Chamber of Commerce, Superintendent of Public Education, the Legislature and Jeb Bush’s organization together. This amounts to a takeover for profit of our school system by the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce.
I don’t know how much more I can emphasis it ladies and gentleman. It’s time to put some pressure on your Senators and Representatives. Call early and call often. It’s time to put a stop to any further implementation of these common core standards. It’s time to stop this unlawful takeover of our schools.