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Educators Want Changes Made To Test Required For Graduation
Educators pleaded their case before at a State House Common Education interim study. They say they want changes made.
Nearly 600 high school seniors did not receive their diplomas last year as a result of the test.
"By denying them a diploma we are reducing them to a lower class. They can't join the military. They can't go to college," said Ron Miller, Principal of Jenks Middle School.
Educators argue the board did not spend enough money or time putting the test together. They want their voices heard.
"I hope that we can look at ammending this legislation or do something to at least provide some additional remediation or some other options so we are not just leaving these kids behind," said Miller.
The state says the test has proven to be highly effective.
"Out of nearly 34,000 seniors only 591 did not pass the exam," said Melissa White with The State Department of Education.
White says schools need to take advantage of all options available including an end of semester exam or scoring highly on the SAT or ACT.
The board will consider the options and discuss it at the next board meeting.
Posted: Tuesday, October 9 2012, 09:22 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Okla. Legislature OKs tax breaks for storm victims
May 24, 2013 15:54 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Senate has approved a bill to provide various tax breaks to property and vehicle owners who suffered losses in Monday's tornado that tore through Moore and left 24 people dead.
The bill approved unanimously in the Senate on Friday also provides sales tax breaks for businesses that donate inventory to help storm victims and property tax credits for property that increases in value after it's rebuilt.
The bill applies to victims of tornados that occur in 2013 and for which a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration was issued. The measure still must be approved by the House before the Legislature adjourns.
The measure was sponsored by Moore Republican Sen. Anthony Sykes, who represents most of the communities hit hardest by Monday's storms.
Senate Bill 330: http://bit.ly/16TdnXX
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