Written by Dick Pryor on Thursday February 3, 2011
In a down economy, education is increasingly being viewed as critical to economic resurgence and job growth. Oklahoma is no exception. In a state that reveres being number one in football, education continues to languish near the bottom of the national heap. There are enough statistics for everyone on all sides of the issue to make their point, so we won't go into that here. What we will do is present some of the ideas and issues related to education reform on our latest Oklahoma Forum program.
How do we make our schools better and prepare our students to success in the 21st Century workplace? There are no easy answers and lots of questions. On this week's program we discuss charter schools and school choice, time reform, and educational scholarships – some of the ideas presented to change the education paradigm. This program was inspired by National School Choice Week (Jan. 23-29, 2011) and growing movements to provide educational opportunities inside and outside of the traditional public school system.
Our guests are Steven Crawford, Executive Director of the Cooperative Council for School Administration; Bill Price, Chairman of the Oklahoma School Choice Coalition; and Linda Hampton, Vice President of the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA).
There are many thoughtful voices weighing in on education reform, and this is only the beginning of programs we plan to dedicate to discussion of schools and education policy. So, we invite you to take a listen, and let us know of an education topic you would like to see explored in future programs. Guest suggestions are also welcome, too.
Until next time,
(Pictured above, left to right: Host Dick Pryor, Bill Price, Linda Hampton, Steven Crawford)
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