Posted Wednesday, May 21, 2014
VICTORY! I am elated to share that the Oklahoma Legislature moved quickly to override the governor's veto of the bill modifying the state's third-grade reading sufficiency law. Overwhelmingly, legislators overturned her decision, with the House voting 79-19 (with 76 required for passage) and the Senate voting 45-2 in favor of the override.
In a statement issued late this afternoon, we praised legislators for their courage:
"I would like to thank the Oklahoma House and Senate for placing a high value on the voice of parents and educators in reading instruction for our students. They were heroic in stepping forward to vote on behalf of Oklahoma children. I pledge on behalf of all TPS students, teachers and employees that we will do everything in our power to ensure that all students are reading on grade level. It is imperative that we make parents and educators a part of the process, and I am glad to say that our legislators confirmed that position today."
Please pay careful attention to the words above in bold. While we have been successful in our efforts today, it has only strengthened my resolve that we must exhaust every effort to get our children reading on grade level. That should be our highest priority, as future success in life is largely determined by our ability to read. Our reading remediation efforts will continue to move forward as our work is not done!
Thanks to all who have stood behind our third-grade teachers who have worked tirelessly. We will be relentless in our drive to improve student achievement at Tulsa Public Schools.