Tahlequah Daily Press

Local News

March 26, 2013

Parents aim to push education agenda with state Legislature

TAHLEQUAH — Parents concerned about their children’s education have joined forces to speak out with a unified voice in their schools and at the state capitol.

The Cherokee County Parent Legislative Action Committee will hold its first meeting Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Indian Capital Tech Center.

Parents and community members concerned about public education are invited to attend the meeting to learn more about school funding, current legislation and other issues that may have an impact on the overall quality of the current public education system.

Former Tahlequah Public Schools Board of Education member Luke Foster is a legislative liaison for TPS, and first learned about the Tulsa PLAC in 2012 during a vision project meeting sponsored by the Oklahoma State School Boards Association and Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration.

“The idea is to articulate some sort of document we can give to the legislators to sort of earmark the things we hold important,” he said. “Georgia had a similar document. We wanted to make our own very true to Oklahoma, and they’re still in the process of putting that document together as an official statement. When I was at these meetings, the superintendents were all telling me the legislators are listening to PLAC way more than they’re listening to them or board members. They are the ones who are sort of pushing for the change.”

School administrators around the county are working to get the word out about the Cherokee County PLAC. Thursday’s meeting offers an opportunity for parents and  community members to hear from state legislators, county educators and other like officials on legislative bills and other issues affecting public education. Participants will also learn about the purpose of the county PLAC group, and how people can get involved with communicating concerns to state lawmakers.

“We have good legislators here who listen to us and understand our educational needs, but if we want to have a bigger voice statewide, it’s good to have a PLAC group here. They get a lot of the attention,” said Foster. “I think it’s a good thing, and I hope we get a lot of people involved.”

Rep. Mike Brown, D-Tahlequah, is expected to attend the meeting, and invitations have been extended to Sen. Earl Garrison, D-Muskogee, and Rep. William Fourkiller, D-Stilwell.

Foster said those who plan to attend the meeting need not worry about being forced into long-term commitments or responsibility. The idea is to generate awareness about the PLAC movement, and a source of contact with those who participate on individual levels by helping promote the county’s educational needs and challenges.

 

To see the complete version of this article, subscribe to the Daily Press e-edition by following the link below.

Click here to get the entire Tahlequah Daily Press delivered every day to your home or office.

Click here to get a free trial or to subscribe to the Tahlequah Daily Press electronic edition. It's the ENTIRE newspaper (without the paper) for your computer, iPad or e-reader.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • ts-NSU-MAIN.jpg Fledgling RiverHawks arrive

    Over 200 incoming freshmen took part in orientation class at Northeastern State University

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-TCP-jump.jpg Tahlequah Community Playhouse revving up for new season

    Tahlequah Community Playhouse is kicking of its 41st season with a nod to friendship and aging.
    TCP finished auditions for its first play of the season, “The Dixie Swim Club,” on Tuesday.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Infant mortality dropping in county

    When a mom-to-be is expecting a healthy, happy baby, every week of pregnancy is crucial.
    Short gestation, or premature births, is a leading cause of infant mortality. Any child born before reaching 37 weeks of gestation is considered premature.

    July 23, 2014

  • Board considers combining tourism, chamber positions

    Members of the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the local Tourism Council are discussing the possibility of combining two jobs into one.
    Chamber President Steve Turner encouraged board members Tuesday morning to be prepared next month to decide how it will begin a search for a new executive director.

    July 23, 2014

  • New chamber board members nominated

    Three new board members will likely be installed during the regular August meeting of the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce.

    July 23, 2014

  • ts-camp-cherokee-main.jpg Camp Cherokee

    About 500 area youth attending popular camp for tribal citizens.

    In reality, two camps are taking place at the Camp Heart ‘o the Hills: a day camp for children in first through sixth grades, and a residential camp for those in middle and high school.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • leatherman-chad.jpg Man gets 20 years for robbing local Walgreens store

    A Tahlequah man accused of robbing a local Walgreens this year has received a 20-year sentence.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-orphan-train.jpg ‘Orphan Train’ authors visit Tahlequah

    Imagine, for a moment, being a child whose parents could not care for him, and the only alternative was to ride the rails across the country, hoping to find a new family and home.
    For local resident Peggy Kaney’s grandfather, this scenario was a reality.
    Alison Moore and Phil Lancaster shared the stories of over 200,000 children taken from New York City and then given away to families in western states from 1854 to 1929, at the Tahlequah Public Library on July 17.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • City council gives family deadline to rehab property

    Tahlequah’s city council is giving a family with local ties a little more than a month to develop and submit rehabilitation plans for two pieces of property containing six dilapidated structures in the 400 block of Lee Street.
    Members of the city’s abatement board recommended the homes be demolished, according to Tahlequah Building Inspector Mark Secratt. City officials then sent a certified notice as required by law, but the letter was returned.

    July 22, 2014

  • Man ‘howling like dog,’ arrested for APC

    When a Kentucky man pulled into an area convenience store over the weekend and began “barking and howling like a dog,” sheriff’s deputies checked on him and eventually hauled him to jail on alcohol-related charges, an arrest report shows.

    July 22, 2014

Poll

Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion
Stocks