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Indiahoma Public Schools needs your help!!!

There are 7 Consolidation Bills which have been filed for this session!!

They are posted below.  Please read them and help us in a letter-writing,

e-mailing, phoning CAMPAIGN.  Let them know we are an OUTSTANDING A-PLUS high school and B-PLUS Elementary and we are preparing our students for success in the world of careers! 

Below are the consolidation bills and their authors and our representative and senator.  Also included are their addresses and email addresses and phone numbers. 

Further, below are talking points that you can use when you are contacting the senators and  representatives.

In addition, there are some advocacy tips provided by two representatives at a meeting in August you might want to view.

DON’T STOP SCROLLING – – THERE IS MUCH INFORMATION BELOW, AND WE NEED YOUR PHONE CALLS – YOUR EMAILS, AND YOUR LETTERS!!!!     PLEASE HELP!!!!!

CONSOLIDATION BILLS

Below is a list and summary of the major school consolidation bills which have been filed for this session.  

HB 2824 - Denney - Calls for the consolidation of all Dependent districts unless they receive a grade of B or above or if the school site is more than 30 miles from the next closest school site. 

SB 934 - Loveless - All school districts, independent and dependent, with an ADM below 250 shall have their administrative services consolidated with another district upon the retirement, resignation or departure by other means of the school superintendent.

SB 943/SJR 43 - Anderson - Sends to a vote of the people changing all school districts in the state to county wide districts.

SB 1267 - Jolley - Calls for the consolidation of all Dependent districts.  It also calls for the consolidation of all districts that receive state aid, have an ADM of less than 350 and a service area smaller than the state average.  The only exemptions in Jolley's bill are for Charter Schools and districts that have undergone consolidation or annexation in the previous 3 years.

SB 1382 - Bingman - Calls for the consolidation of all dependent school districts with no exemptions listed.

SB 1384 - Ford - Calls for the consolidation of all districts, independent and dependent, with an ADM of less than 100 by 2018, less than 250 by 2019, and less than 500 by 2020.  Districts may apply to the State Board of Education for a 3-year exemption base on "a compelling reason" or exemplary educational attainment, which includes assessments, advanced coursework, concurrent enrollment dropout and graduation rate, college remediation rate, teacher turnrover, attendance and pre-K enrollment.  

SJR 58 - Holt-  sends to a vote of the people the creation of a 15 member Commission (5 governor appointees, 5 Pro Temp appointees, and 5 Speaker appointees) who by December 2020 will present a school district map of no more than 200 school districts in the state. This map shall be subject to an up or down vote of the legislature. The commission shall not recommend the closing of any school sites. 

Email addresses and physical addresses  for the authors of the bills above are and also for our representative Jeff Coody, and our senator Randy Bass:

sEnator Lee Denney

Capitol Address:

2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Room  411
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 557-7304

District Address:

834 E. Sixth Street
Cushing, OK 74023

District Address

Capitol Address

Senator Kyle Loveless
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 237
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
405.521.5618

loveless@oksenate.gov
Executive Assistant:  David White

Oklahoma City, OK

Capitol Address

District Address

Senator Patrick Anderson
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 233
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-5630

anderson@oksenate.gov
Executive Assistant: Kathie Darr

2016 Comanche Trail
Enid, OK 73703

Capitol Address

District Address

Senator Clark Jolley
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 537
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-5622

jolley@oksenate.gov
Executive Assistant: Gay Greeno

3016 Thornbrooke Boulevard
Edmond, OK 73013

Capitol Address

District Address

Senator Brian Bingman
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 422
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-5565

bingman@oksenate.gov
Executive Assistant: Cheryl Boothe

Use Capitol Address
(918) 227-1856

Capitol Address

District Address

Senator Kay Floyd
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 522A
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-5610

floyd@oksenate.gov
Executive Assistant: Leah Hicks

Use Capitol Address

Capitol Address

 

Senator David Holt
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 423
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-5636

holt@oksenate.gov 
Executive Assistant: Dorynda Dusek

 
       

Our senator is Randy Bass      

Capitol Address

District Address

Senator Randy Bass
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Rm. 519
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-5567

bass@oksenate.gov
Executive Assistant: Donna Ambler

2606 NW Lake Front Dr.
Lawton, OK 73505

Our Representative is Jeff Coody  

Capitol Address:

Representative Jeff Coody

2300 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Room  338
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 557-7307

Email:

jeff.coody@okhouse.gov

 

Talking Points on Forced Consolidation

  • There is no money savings
  • We are 48 in per pupil revenue in the nation.  Simple basic math will tell us that if all schools in Oklahoma were consolidated into one district with only one administrator, Oklahoma would still be 48th in the nation in revenue per student and the major educational problem in Oklahoma would still exist.
  • We have created more schools with legislation(Charter Schools)
  • It is a local control decision by local elected officials to have a school in the district
  • Drop Out rates of schools with enrollments of less than 500 is 0.02, while the State average is 1.90
  • Nationally, 57.3% of all districts have fewer than 1500 students
  • Arkansas study shows that expenditures actually increased after consolidation in 87% of the districts
  • Administrative costs is already at 3.65 %
  • Schools with the enrollment of less than 500 were more efficient in Non-Instructional Costs, Average ACT Scores and Dropout Rates.
  • Research by Augenblick, Palaich and Associates (APA) shows that there is no single number that will guarantee disticts to operate at their most efficient level economically or educationally.
  • The average salary of assistant superintendents in larger schools is greater than the salary of the superintendents in the 285 schools with less than 500 students
  • When the 285 schools with less than 500 students are compared with the larger schools in the state, the smaller schools excel in ACT scores, graduation rates and dropout rates
  • If improvement is to be made in the schools of Oklahoma, then the problems must be addressed where the problems exists -  within individual schools regardless of size

 

*Data for this study was obtained from the State Department of Education OCAS reports and the SDE Annual Report.  It was impossible to obtain all this information from FY 2015 data, therefore most of the information in this report is from FY 2014 data.  Also some data was obtained from the United States Department of Education and the Southern Region Education Board.

  • Also, Indiahoma is an A Plus high school, and zero drop outs.
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Advocacy Tips: During our annual conference in August, Sen. John Ford, Rep. Scott Inman and Rep. Katie Henke offered several pieces of helpful advocacy advice:

  • Get to know the lawmaker outside of session — in person in their home district so there is a relationship and familiarity established.
  • Mass “copy and paste” e-mails are ineffective. Legislators said they would rather read a personalized e-mail from one of their constituents and find that to be far more persuasive than 100 identical e-mails. The most important lawmakers to contact are your own, and include your address in emails so they know you are a constituent. 
  • Ask for your lawmaker's cell phone number so you can contact them quickly when the need arises.
  • Be a resource and offer your help on education-related bills.
  • Talk about your school district's vision and needs -- not just what you're opposed to! 
  • Be respectful.  
  • Say thank you. Thank your lawmaker for listening, for responses to your calls/emails/texts and especially when they've cast a vote in support of public education.

Thanks

Deanna Voegeli

 

January 28, 2016 - SEVEN Oklahoma High Schools Named Scholarship Champs RSS feed

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Seven Oklahoma high schools were named “Oklahoma’s Promise 2015 State Champions” by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for leading the state in the number of graduates who met the requirements to receive a scholarship through Oklahoma’s Promise, a state program that allows students from families whose annual income is $50,000 or less to earn a scholarship for college tuition.

“Recognized by many as America’s best college access program, Oklahoma’s Promise continues to help thousands of students achieve the dream of a college education by encouraging them to aspire to attend college and prepare themselves for academic success, and by providing them with financial assistance,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Our Oklahoma high schools have done an exceptional job encouraging and supporting their students’ participation in Oklahoma’s Promise. The State Regents commend them for their hard work and dedication to students and to Oklahoma’s future.”

High schools named Oklahoma’s Promise 2015 State Champions are:

Class B

  • Champion: Indiahoma with nine Oklahoma’s Promise graduates.                                                      
  • Runners-up: Asher and Leedey with eight Oklahoma’s Promise graduates each.

Class A

  • Champion: Hydro-Eakly with 13 Oklahoma’s Promise graduates.
  • Runners-up: Allen, Binger-Oney, Mason and Rattan with nine Oklahoma’s Promise graduates each.

Class 2A

  • Champion: Dove Science Academy (Oklahoma City) with 26 Oklahoma’s Promise graduates. This is Dove Science Academy’s fourth consecutive year as an Oklahoma’s Promise state champion.
  • Runner-up: Northeast Academy (Oklahoma City) with 19 Oklahoma’s Promise graduates.

Class 3A

  • Champion: Okmulgee with 24 Oklahoma’s Promise graduates.
  • Runner-up: Oklahoma Centennial (Oklahoma City) with 23 Oklahoma’s Promise graduates.

Class 4A

  • Champion: Santa Fe South (Oklahoma City) with 72 Oklahoma’s Promise graduates. Santa Fe South has been the Class 4A champion for seven consecutive years.
  • Runner-up: Broken Bow with 46 Oklahoma’s Promise graduates.

Class 5A

  • Champion: Southeast (Oklahoma City) with 70 Oklahoma’s Promise graduates. This is Southeast’s third consecutive year as the Class 5A champion.
  • Runner-up: Northwest Classen (Oklahoma City) with 56 Oklahoma’s Promise graduates.

Class 6A

  • Champion: Union (Tulsa) with 158 Oklahoma’s Promise graduates. Union has been the Class 6A champion for four consecutive years.
  • Runner-up: Broken Arrow with 113 Oklahoma’s Promise graduates.

Oklahoma’s Promise was created in 1992 by the Legislature to help more Oklahoma families send their children to college. The scholarship pays tuition at any Oklahoma public college or university until the student receives a bachelor’s degree or for five years, whichever comes first. It will also cover a portion of tuition at an accredited Oklahoma private institution. The scholarship does not cover the cost of fees, books, or room and board.

To be eligible for Oklahoma’s Promise, students must apply during the eighth, ninth or 10th grade, and their family’s annual income must not exceed $50,000 when they apply. A student’s family income also must not exceed $100,000 at the time the student goes to college.

To receive the scholarship at graduation, students must achieve a minimum 2.50 GPA in 17 core courses that prepare them for college and an overall GPA of 2.50 or better for all courses in grades nine through 12. Oklahoma’s Promise graduates also must attend class regularly and refrain from drug and alcohol abuse and delinquent acts.

Students completing the Oklahoma’s Promise program continue to be successful academically, with high school GPAs (3.41 average GPA) that exceed the state average, ACT scores that exceed those of their comparable middle- and lower-income peers, and higher-than-average freshman college GPAs. The college-going rate of Oklahoma’s Promise students exceeds the state average for high school graduates. They also have above-average full-time college enrollment, persistence rates and degree-completion rates. In addition, Oklahoma’s Promise college graduates get jobs and stay in Oklahoma after college at a higher rate than non-Oklahoma’s Promise graduates.

In order to receive the scholarship in college, students must be U.S. citizens or lawfully present in the United States by the time they begin college.

For the high school graduating class of 2015, approximately 6,100 students met the program requirements to be eligible for the scholarship.

During the current 2015-16 year, about 18,450 students are expected to receive the scholarship in college at a cost of $65.4 million. This is a decrease of about 450 students from the previous year.

For FY 2017, the State Regents have approved a funding estimate for Oklahoma’s Promise of $67.8 million. About 18,000 students are projected to receive the scholarship in 2016-17, an estimated further decline of about 450 recipients compared to 2015-16.

Since 1996, when the first students in the program entered college, more than 70,000 students have received the Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship. By law, the program has a dedicated funding source that helps ensure that the program is fully funded each year.

For more information about Oklahoma’s Promise or to apply online, visit www.okpromise.org. Information is also available by emailing okpromise@osrhe.edu or by calling 800-858-1840.

CONGRATULATIONS HS ACADEMIC TEAM

OCTOBER 12, 2015 - DISTRICT CHAMPS!!!!

                                                                                                   

Attention Yesterday and today’s Indiahoma Citizens:

 

There are Indiahoma History Books (copyright 2001)ready to be purchased for $10.00.  Just pay Ms. Syd Perry or Ms. Juanell Webster, and pick up your treasure or it will be mailed to you.

 


Student Directory Information Release Notification

August 11, 2014

           According to Oklahoma School Law and OSSAB Policy FLD, The Indiahoma Public School District will maintain and release ‘directory information” without the parent’s prior written consent, unless the parent- or student if over 18 – informs the district that any or all of the following information should not be released without prior consent.

            The following information is designated as ‘directory information”:

  • Student’s name, address, telephone listing, and date of birth
  • Parent or lawful custodian’s name, address, and telephone listing
  • Major Field of study and grade level classification (example: elementary, 7th grade, sophomore)
  • Student’s participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • Photograph
  • Email address
  • Dates of attendance, dates of enrollment, withdrawal, re-entry
  • Diplomas, certificates, awards, and honors received
  • Most recent previous education agency or institution attended by the student

NOTICE:

Parents may at any time request from the Indiahoma Public School information regarding the professional qualifications of the student's classroom teachers to include:

(see letter below regarding Indiahoma Teachers' state qualification and licensing)

  • The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
  • Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and if so, their qualifications.

 

The Indiahoma Public School received the following letter from the State Department of Education regarding the qualifications of our teachers.  The Indiahoma Para Professionals also have met the qualification requirements for a highly qualified parapro, and all of the parapros work under direct supervision of a highly qualified teacher.                                                          

October 24, 2014


Deanna Voegeli, Superintendent Indiahoma Public Schools
Post Office Box 8
Indiahoma, Oklahoma 73552-0008

Dear Superintendent Voegeli:


Congratulations! Indiahoma Public Schools is in compliance with Section 1119 of the Elementary and
Secondary Education Act (ESEA) regarding the 100 percent highly qualified teacher requirement.

The Highly Qualified Teacher status has been verified through the Oklahoma Educator Credentialing
System (OECS), and all core academic subjects in  your district are being taught by a highly
qualified teacher.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education recognizes the district’s effort to
ensure students are being provided the very best education by highly qualified teachers.

Sincerely,

Gloria Bayouth
Gloria Bayouth, Executive Director Federal Programs


Cheryl Hassell
Program Specialist
Federal Programs

Oklahoma STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
2500 NORTH LINCOLN BOULEVARD, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73105-4599 (405) 521-3301. FAX: (405) 521-6205
http://ok.gov/sde/