Oklahoma City (March 31, 2015) – Oklahoma’s schools aren’t producing enough graduates with skills the business community needs according to a new report commissioned by the Oklahoma Educated Workforce Initiative (OEWI). The report, titled “Oklahoma’s Business Case for Education Reform,” finds that Oklahoma schools are producing only half of the workers needed to fill high-skilled jobs in the state. If this trend continues, by 2020 there will be more than 500,000 jobs requiring post-secondary education that can’t be filled by Oklahomans.

Fred Morgan, President and CEO photoIt’s a tale of two reports, but there is no best of times.

“The educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a nation and a people,” according to one report.

State Chamber supports HB 1749 and hopes future legislatures will build on it

Arnella Karges, Vice President of Government Affairs PhotoBill ensures municipal concerns and industry needs are both addressed

Bills to bring more accountability to charter schools, expand to statewide

Oklahoma City (March 10, 2015) – Charter schools would be allowed statewide under a pair of bills approved today in the Oklahoma Legislature. HB 1696 by Rep. Lee Denney and SB 782 by Sen. Clark Jolley both would lift the restriction that keeps charter schools confined to Oklahoma and Tulsa counties. The bills also bring more accountability to the charter school process.


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