1,500 VOICE Leaders Rally For Schools, Get Commitments from Candidates

Convening 1,500 at Oklahoma City University Sunday afternoon, VOICE leaders challenged a bipartisan panel of candidates for Oklahoma State Superintendent with stories and questions around the state of Oklahoma schools; 5 of the 7 invited candidates directly heard from community members, teachers and parents, and responded with answers to direct questions.

Over the last six months VOICE leaders (including the Oklahoma Educators Association) have been presenting "High-Stakes Testing: Is it Worth the Cost?" all over the state. The presentation exposed the cost of and examines the impact of high-stakes testing and created opportunities for students, teachers, parents and school administrators to weigh in. VOICE leaders collected input regarding what would make an "A" school, identifying four main themes:

a fairer means of assessing schools that incorporates numerous factors shaping a school (i.e. no more A-F Grading System); movement away from high-stakes testing; championing increased funding for the classroom (i.e. teacher pay, supplies, class sizes); and restoring the love of learning.

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Photos from the Action, VOICE OKC Facebook Page