Volume 28, No. 7 - June/July 2011

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Linda S. Hampton, President
Lela Odom, Executive Director
Dr. Dottie Hager, Assoc. Exec. Dir.

Doug Folks, Editor
Contributing Writers:
Marty Bull
Ashley Knuckles
Kandis West
Maureen Peters, Center Assistant

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Derailing a Runaway Train
A nationwide effort to eliminate the rights of Association members took dead aim at Oklahoma educators, threatening to remove a number of long-held rights, such as true due process, payroll deduction of Association dues and collective bargaining. OEA members successfully fought to keep those important issues in law. In this issue, we take a look at the bills that did that pass and some that didn't. Thanks to the efforts of our members.

OEA Board elects Priest to fill VP post
The OEA Board of directors elected Yukon’s Alicia Priest to fulfill the remainder of Linda Hampton’s vice presidency after Hampton moved to president.

Now What? Legislature eliminates trial de novo
Trial de novo, a career teacher’s chance to appeal a school board’s termination order, was the biggest casualty of the legislative session. But that doesn’t mean OEA members will not have their day in court if their rights have been violated.

ESPs get active at DA
ESP members introduced three new business items at the Delegate Assembly and delegates approved a costcutting Association budget.
McIlvain awarded Medal of Excellence
Patsy McIlvain, a teacher known for creating a learning environment that challenges her students, is the 2011 elementary winner of the Medal for Excellence in Teaching.

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The Education Focus is a production of the Oklahoma Education Association’s Communications Center.
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