Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: June 11, 2015
Sen. Anastasia Pittman
Legislators host educational think tanks; invite teachers,
parents, and state leaders
Community leaders, parents, teachers, homeschool educators,
and other interested groups are invited to attend an educational
think tank meeting next week designed to discuss and define the
vision of the curriculum in Oklahoma schools. The event, hosted
by Sen. Anastasia
A. Pittman and Rep. George Young, will be held at the State
Capitol in Oklahoma City on June 18 at 3pm.
Discussion will primarily focus on three areas, including:
• Identification of priority issues relating to diversity,
inclusion and curriculum;
• Determine the level of interest and need for relevant interim
• Select participants to serve on the faith-based advisory
committee currently being formed by State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister.
“Our goal with this round table discussion is to create a
roadmap of sorts for the future of education in Oklahoma,”
said Pittman, D-Oklahoma City. “By bringing clarity to the
issues, we can unite and work together to ensure our schools are
consistently providing all students with the best education possible,
and that includes the creation of a curriculum that embraces diversity
and inclusion education.”
Pittman and Young say reaching out to local school leaders offers
the unique opportunity to brainstorm and gather ideas from those
charged with educating the state’s youth and who see on a
daily basis the current challenges facing schools.
“I believe that the success and the future of our children
is in our educational system,” said Young, D- Oklahoma City.
“We must come to grips that there are some trends that are
currently occurring that are troubling at best. I am concerned and
I have started the process of meeting with the principals in my
district to start a conversation to help me to better address this
issue from a more informed position and with the backing and input
of those who are on the front line. There is a role for the legislator
and I am praying that the conversations we have will be fruitful
for us to impact our schools in a positive manner.”
By involving representatives from all key groups with a vested interest
in education, Pittman says she hopes the think tank environment
will foster the creation of a game plan that will define and focus
on the most important issues the state’s education system
will face in the coming years.
“I encourage anyone who is engaged and involved with primary,
secondary and post-secondary education in Oklahoma to join us at
one of these forums, including community leaders, parents, teachers,
retired educators and homeschool educators,” said Pittman.
“We already know the state is facing monumental challenges
when it comes to education, and this forum will allow parents, teachers
and other education supporters to identify a way to work together
to be part of the solution. Round table discussions like this are
great opportunities to come together and share ideas for improvement.”
The Oklahoma City meeting will be held at 3pm on Thursday, June
18, in room 419C at the State Capitol located at 2300 N. Lincoln.
Senator Kevin Matthews has also facilitated educational think tank
meetings in his Tulsa-area district, with the next one scheduled
for June 20 at 9am at Rudisill Regional Library, located at 1520
N. Hartford Ave.
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