Q&A with Bill Price

William "Bill" Price is an attorney in the Litigation Department of the Phillip Murrah law firm. He received his bachelor’s from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and his law degree from the University of Oklahoma. Bill has served as Assistant to Judge Alfred P. Murrah, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Oklahoma from 1975 to 1982, and the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma from 1982 to 1989. He donates time to helping youth, serving on boards such as Shiloh, a Christian camp for underprivileged kids; Eagle Ridge Institute, an organization which helps children and families especially in area of substance abuse; and the Children’s Hospital Foundation. He is Chairman of the Oklahoma School Choice Coalition and an active Trustee of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA).

Education Focus: What is public education’s biggest challenge?
Bill Price:
“World competition.”

EF: What do you think the biggest difference is today in public education compared to when you were in high school?
“The challenge of educating children from disadvantaged homes and different ethnic and linguistic backgrounds.”

EF: During your time on the State School Board, what has been the most inspiring achievement you’ve seen in a public school?
“The ability of some schools to overcome the obstacles facing disadvantaged children and to prove that in great schools all children can succeed.”

EF: What do you think has been the State Board’s biggest accomplishment during your term?
“Implementing the reforms.”

EF: What will be the most significant changes in public education in the next 5-10 years?
“Increased choice and the effective use of technology.”

EF: Public education is going through a great deal of change via a number of different reforms. Is there a reform that you’d like to see that hasn’t been broached?
“Reducing administrative costs to provide more funds to reward and honor high performing teachers.”

EF: If you were a teacher, what subject or grade would you be teaching and why
“In the upper grades of high school – public policy, world history and geography. We need better citizens and a greater understanding of the world.”

EF: Why should we care how our student test scores compare to other countries, especially when our education systems and cultures are so very different?
“Because we are no longer solely in a domestic economy, but a world economy.”

EF: Who was your favorite teacher, and why?
“Mrs. Tuck. She was a demanding English teacher. We read a book and wrote a paper each week. She gave me a great foundation in literature and writing skills.”

EF: What piece of technology has advanced education the most?
“Computers and the Internet.”


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