Sent: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 6:56 AM
Subject: Step Up Oklahoma
OKCPS ALSO GETS INTO THE ACT
AND WHAT ABOUT CCOSA?
1. Public school email systems are paid for by taxpayers. Consequently, these public schools are using taxpayer dollars to lobby for more taxes. Yes. The public school takes your money to fund it, then uses your money to go to the legislature and lobby for more of your money. Ostensibly, this is against State law.
In fact, Title 74, Chapter 62, Appendix 1, states:
Rule 2.4: "No person shall use or authorize the use of public funds, property or time to engage in activities designed to influence the results or an election for state office or a state question..."
Rule 4.5: "A state officer or employee shall not use or permit the use of his or her office or title or any authority associated with his or her state office, or a state office to which he or she has been elected, in a matter that is intended to coerce or induce another person, including a subordinate, to provide any benefit, financial or otherwise, to himself or herself or to his or her family members or persons with whom the state officer or employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity..."
While not exacting in language, both these rules could be argued "in spirit" in a civil court to also include legislation - especially when a Superintendent is using his/her position from which to send these messages to subordinate teachers. This is also a form of bullying and intimidation - especially to those who don't agree with the position of the email - but I thought schools were against that. I'm fairly certain a judge wouldn't go for that kind of thing - especially on the taxpayer dime.
2. Membership dues for CCOSA or AFT come out of the salary paid to the person via the taxpayer. In other words, AFT membership must be paid for by the teacher, who is paid by the taxpayer. Consequently, AFT is using taxpayer money to sponsor advocacy for more taxes. CCOSA dues come out of the salary of the school administrator (or school funds) - paid by taxpayers - which is then used to lobby for more taxation.
4. According to Mrs. Hoffmeister, teachers are leaving the state and teaching, in droves because of lack of pay. She stated this publicly in her comments. Interestingly, the poll she cites as the basis for these comments, doesn't say that. Only 31% of respondents (apparently those in the 18-24 age category) would return to teaching for a pay increase. Here is the way the question read:
"30. Overall, which statement comes closest to your belief: (Randomize)
31% If the pay would increase, I would like to teach again.
62% For me to go back to teaching, it would take more than just an increase in pay.
7. Organizations like OSSBA and CCOSA are not for parents - and isn't that what public education is about - schools partnering with parents to provide the best education possible for their children? Both these organizations pushed Common Core, standing with the Chamber of Commerce and other large private organizations that publicly excoriated anti-Common Core parent activists.
8. Teachers are rallying for more money, but how much more money are school budgets going to lose by doing what Mr. Cobb suggests,
"If you plan to go, please let us know by Thursday, so we will have a better chance of getting a sub."
From where does the money for the substitute come? The district budget? And the district budget comes nearly directly from....taxpayers?