Coalition Chair Colleen Cook
During the 2013 legislative session, our coalition was actively engaged at the
Capitol to ensure equal funding for all Oklahoma charter school students, while also serving as a legislative watchdog of attempts to limit the choice in school choice efforts statewide.
Getting the Word Out
Parent choice is vital in ensuring all students are given an equal chance at a quality education that works for their needs. Lauren Marshall, an Oklahoma parent, discussed why she chose online learning for her sons and the need for expanded options in the state. Check out Lauren’s story in the Oklahoman.
2016 Capitol Day
2014 Capitol Day, February 18th
On Tuesday February 18th, the Oklahoma Chapter hosted their 4th annual Capitol Day in Oklahoma City. The event held in the Senate Chamber was attended by 500 parents, students and supporters of school choice.
Families heard from National Board Director and Oklahoma Chapter Chair Lauren Marshall, three student speakers, Representative Jason Nelson, Senator Jabar Shumate and Senator Gary Stanislawski.
In addition to their attendance and participation in the successful event, many of these families also sent letters to their legislators encouraging them to pull their support of House Bill 2584.
2013 Capitol Day, March 25th
Over 250 attendees came out to celebrate school choice at the Oklahoma Chapter’s annual Capitol Day on Monday, March 25th. Students, parents and teachers took this opportunity to ask their legislators to oppose an amendment to HB 1660 which would close virtual schools, and support SB 267, which would ensure greater public school choice for all Oklahoma students. The day began with remarks from Coalition Char Lauren Marshall, Representatives Lee Denney and Jason Nelson, Senator Gary Stanislawski, Superintendent Janet Barresi, and national school choice advocate Rose Fernandez.
Following speeches from keynote speakers, a student panel featuring Griffin Duvall, student at Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy and Belle Wood, student at Oklahoma Connections Academy, addressed the group. Attendees and legislators then took part in interactive demos while students wrote letters to their lawmakers. After lunch, over 50 students headed to the statehouse where they passed out letters to their elected officials and were recognized on the floor of the House and Senate galleries.