Senator John Ford, R-Bartlesville
State Capitol Room 424A
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: August 20, 2009
Sen. John Ford
ACE Task Force Meetings Begin
A legislative task force to review the 2005
Achieving Classroom Excellence (ACE) Act will hold its first
meeting on Tuesday, August 25 at the State Capitol.
Ford, Senate Education Chair, was author of the legislation
creating the task force to conduct a comprehensive review of ACE
and determine whether the program should be modified to better
meet its objectives. The task force will be co-chaired by
Representative Ann Coody, R-Lawton.
Ford, who represents Craig, Nowata and Washington
counties, said Oklahoma must find ways to reduce the rate of high
school dropouts and increase the number of college graduates.
"Of 100 students in Oklahoma that start the ninth
grade, only 75 will graduate from high school. Of those 75, only
44 will start college, but only 17 will graduate," Ford said. "We
can, and we must do better. The future of our children, our
grandchildren and our entire state is at stake."
Ford said he is extremely pleased with the
tremendous participation by all branches of education in the task
force. During the first meeting, Sandy Garrett, State
Superintendent of Public Instruction, Chancellor Glen Johnson of
the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and Phil
Berkenbile, Director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and
Technology Education will all make presentations.
A second meeting will be held on Wednesday, August
26 and will include presentations from other education
associations, including the Oklahoma Education Association; the
American Federation of Teachers; the Professional Oklahoma
Educators; the Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition; the
Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration; and the
Oklahoma State School Boards Association. Others will provide
input as well.
"The bottom line is that we want to do everything
in our power to improve and enhance the educational opportunities
we offer children in Oklahoma schools, whether these students are
bound for college, career-tech or are going straight into the work
force," Ford said. "We must find ways to seamlessly blend the
services offered by common education, career-tech and higher
education to address the issues and needs of all Oklahoma
For more information contact:
Sen. Ford's Office: 405-521-5634