The Organization of Rural Oklahoma Schools
LEGISLATIVE GOALS 2017
OROS opposes any requirement for consolidation of public schools or combining administrative units based on student population, total number of school districts or geographical size of school districts.
OROS supports the restoration of per pupil funding to pre-recession levels with a long term funding solution; putting an end to the moratorium on accreditation standards and allowing for successful implementation of other state mandated initiatives.
OROS supports funding levels that will allow our schools to recruit and retain high quality teachers by ensuring educators have a defined benefit at retirement and by increasing teacher pay to compete with the other states in our region.
OROS supports efforts that result in pension debt remaining an obligation of the State of Oklahoma.
OROS supports an accountability system that is statistically sound; relevant to students, parents and educators; and fully represents the complexity of educating all students. We also ask that any accountability system apply to all Oklahoma schools receiving state financial support.
OROS supports effective, efficient and relevant student testing that aligns the exit standards of common education with the entrance standards of higher education and the workforce. Any student assessment data should be delivered to school districts by August 1 each year. Student assessments must provide modified opportunities for students on individualized education plans.
OROS supports efforts which allow local boards of education to issue the final decision in all matters of high stakes decisions; including but not limited to third grade retention and graduation requirements.
OROS supports the Legislative efforts to ending the erosion of local tax revenues that support school districts.
OROS supports Legislative efforts to thoroughly review all state tax exemptions or credits to insure that benefits to Oklahoma’s economy outweigh any adverse effects on the ability to properly fund public schools.
OROS supports a simple majority requirement for passage of school bond issues.
OROS supports providing funding to allow school districts to adequately provide the professional development that supports the TLE qualitative component.
OROS supports efforts to protect Flex Benefit Allowance funding for all school employees.
*These Legislative Goals were adopted by a vote of the OROS Board of Directors on October 26, 2016