Advocacy

Day at the CapitolThe Oklahoma State School Boards Association is the voice of school board members at the Capitol. OSSBA initiates and encourages legislation to benefit Oklahoma’s public school students. OSSBA also provides policy and legislation-related information to school board members so that they may informed and effective advocates on behalf of their school district’s students at the Capitol and in their local communities.

Rooney Virgin is OSSBA’s Director of Legislative Services and represents OSSBA members at the state Capitol. She sends out a weekly legislative update during the legislative session and action alerts as needed. To receive legislative action alerts via text message, text @ossb to 81010.

Advocacy Resources

OSSBA wants to make it easy for you to be in the know regarding education issues. Be sure to check out the following resources:


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Oklahoma Education Facts


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Legislative Updates


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Contact Your Legislator

OSSBA 2017 TARGET LEGISLATIVE GOALS

State

Legislative
  • Ensure local control through continuing the option for a student’s parents, teachers and principals by making the student Reading Proficiency Team permanent so that every student is reading on grade level.
  • Develop and implement a long-term funding plan to equip schools with the tools and resources to improve student achievement and produce college- and career-ready students.
  • Support efforts to assess and alter all tax incentives and state revenue streams to ensure the state budget provides adequate funding for public schools.
State Board
  • Adopt a statewide student assessment system that includes the ACT for high school students and measures student progress in a way easily understood by teachers, parents and students.
  • Adopt and implement a statewide accountability system to replace the current A-F grading system that includes multiple research-based indicators of student growth and school effectiveness.

Federal

  • Reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to expand opportunities for college and career readiness.
  • Ensure the United States Department of Education rules and regulations retain flexibility and local control provided for under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Download a PDF of the goals.

The OSSBA Legislative Goals make the OSSBA’s Legislative Agenda for the upcoming year and also set the OSSBA policy. These goals and statements are voted on during our annual summer conference at Delegate Assembly by school board members. These particular goals and statements were adopted on August 27, 2016. These goals are formed using submissions made by school board members to the Government Relations Committee of the OSSBA, who then present them at Delegate Assembly for adoption. These statements and goals serve as a reference for you as a school board member to know what OSSBA stands for, as well as serves as a roadmap for your OSSBA staff in their work every day for school boards at the OSSBA.