"Hearing from parents helps board members to ask better questions and feel more informed when making decisions. This is very important in local governance," says Jenks school board member Melissa Abdo.
Public schools are increasingly at the mercy of non-educators in power micromanaging what teachers can do in classrooms. Expect more of that in next year's Legislative session, says editorials editor Ginnie Graham.
"Even though I grew up on the Osage Nation reservation, the Reign of Terror was not taught in my Oklahoma history class. I think Americans, especially Oklahomans, need to know their history, even if it’s ugly, even if it’s evil," said Shannon Shaw Duty, editor of the Osage News.