Public education forum on 1/26 with area legislators

posted Jan 22, 2018, 1:52 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 22, 2018, 2:09 PM ]
PEAK Forum

Local state legislators will be fielding questions on public education from a panel of journalists in a forum set for Friday, Jan. 26.

Sponsored by Public Education Advocates for Kids (PEAK), the program is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tri Country Tech event center, 6101 SE Nowata Rd,

Answering questions from news media representatives will be Sen. Julie Daniels, Rep. Travis Dunlap and Rep. Earl Sears, whose districts encompass all or portions of Bartlesville. The panel of journalists will consist of Emory Bryan of Channel 6 in Tulsa, Charlie Taraboletti of Bartlesville Radio and Nathan Thompson of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise.

Many questions are expected to revolve around how the three legislators representing the Bartlesville area plan to approach teacher raises and other public education issues in the upcoming state legislative session starting Feb. 5.

The public also may submit questions for the legislators, which will be conveyed by members of the news media panel. Questions can be sent to the PEAK facebook page or sent to the PEAK email address, publiceducationadvocateskids@gmail.com.

“The three journalists on the panel are knowledgeable and well-known in the region,” said George Halkiades, a PEAK founding member. “They’re aware of the questions and concerns of parents and educators from their reporting experience, and I’m confident they’ll be looking for candid answers from our legislators.”

Emory Bryan
Bryan has been reporter for News On 6 since 1994. Prior to that, he worked for the Oklahoma Educational Television in Tulsa and Georgia Public Television in Atlanta. He began his news career covering the school board for his hometown radio station and worked on the newspaper staff in college before making the switch to television.

Bryan’s wife, Melissa, was recently named teacher of the year for Edison Middle School in Tulsa. They have four daughters attending school in Tulsa.

Charlie Taraboletti
Taraboletti is operations manager, news director and chief engineer for the four stations of Bartlesville Radio. A broadcast professional with more than 25 years on the air, Taraboletti is host of the popular Community Connection program aired each morning on KWON.

He is also active in community theater as well as Washington County Crime Stoppers. He and his wife, Ronda, have one son.

Nathan Thompson
Nathan Thompson is an award-winning journalist for the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, Bartlesville Magazine and Pawhuska Journal-Capital. He primarily covers city, county and state government for the newspapers and is a writer for Bartlesville Magazine. Previously, Thompson covered education, business and state political news for the E-E.

He is a native of Bartlesville, where he graduated high school before attending the University of Oklahoma in Norman, majoring in journalism and meteorology.