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A to F School Grading Rules Finds Disapproval in House

Filed by Michael Cross in Uncategorized.
May 2, 2012

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A House Committee votes to disapprove the new A through F grading system for Oklahoma schools from the State Department of Education.

Representative Mike Shelton says he authored House Joint Resolution 1125 after hearing complaints from many educators and superintendents that they never got a say in the rules.

The Oklahoma City Democrat says he also attended a public comment meeting at the Department of Education which didn’t include any board members or Superintendent Janet Barresi.

“Only a tape recorder taped comments of people in that room and that room was jam packed with people all against it and that was directly after those rules came out.”

Department of Education Spokesman Damon Gardenhire says the opposition is mostly coming from people who were opposed to House Bill 1456 last year creating the A though F reform.

“Most of what seems to be happening is, folks who are against the reform are saying this is sort of our last ditch effort to try to stop it so let’s see if we can slow the rule making process down.”

HJR 1125 passed the House Administrative Rules Committee in a bipartisan nine to one vote and now heads to the full House floor.

Governor Fallin has approved the rules, but that would change if HJR 1125 passes both chambers.

Gardenhire says if the rules are disapproved by lawmakers, the department is still required by law to create a report card for schools.


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