Video clips from the Education Legislative Forum

posted Apr 8, 2017, 9:08 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 9, 2017, 10:05 AM ]
Education Legislative Forum
Legislators
On Friday, April 7, 2017 the Oklahoma legislators representing patrons of the Bartlesville Public Schools participated in an Education Legislative Forum at Bartlesville High School. 
Representatives Earl Sears and Travis Dunlap and Senator Julie Daniels each answered questions posed by moderator H.J. Reed, the Manager for State Government Affairs - Midcontinent at Phillips 66.

Mr. Reed posed three questions that dealt with the primary topics of teacher pay raises, school vouchers, and taxes which were raised in an online survey of topics and questions which was open to the public. Each legislator responded and then Mr. Reed posed a follow-up question. The forum ended with a faster round of additional questions posed by members of the audience. Almost 200 people were in attendance.

PEAK Forum
If you missed the forum, there is another opportunity to hear from the legislators: the local Public Education Advocates for Kids (PEAK) group is sponsoring a Public Education Forum on Friday, April 21 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Bartlesville City Hall

That forum will be moderated by the Bartlesville League of Women Voters using BLWV forum guidelines. Questions can be submitted in advance via the PEAK Facebook page.


TEACHER PAY RAISES

With the state funding and finances what they are, what is the best model for putting pay raises for teachers in place?


Senator Julie Daniels

1:46

Sen. Daniels on teacher pay raises



Representative Earl Sears

1:34

Rep. Sears on teacher pay raises



Representative Travis Dunlap

3:51

Rep. Dunlap on teacher pay raises



Follow-up Question for Rep. Sears

In your answer, you talked about funding and having enough money. We continue to read in the media there isn't enough money. Where's the money? Why isn't it where we think it is, and where did it go?
6:43

Rep. Sears on state funding





SCHOOL VOUCHERS

Vouchers are hotly disputed every year, yet they still come up. Is a voucher system the most prudent use of our time and resources when funding is not sufficient for our current education system?


Representative Earl Sears

2:27

Rep. Sears on school vouchers



Representative Travis Dunlap

3:22

Rep. Dunlap on school vouchers



Senator Julie Daniels

5:41

Sen. Daniels on school vouchers




Follow-up Question for Sen. Daniels

Bartlesville has successful private schools, so why would they need vouchers?
2:29

Sen. Daniels on vouchers for Bartlesville's private schools




TAXES

Many options have been identified as potential revenue sources. Ideas include eliminating capital gains tax credits and certain energy tax credits, raising the gross production tax, and new taxes on gas and cigarettes. Which of these options are completely off the table for you, and why?


Representative Travis Dunlap

3:40

Rep. Dunlap on taxes



Senator Julie Daniels

4:18

Sen. Daniels on taxes



Representative Earl Sears

3:33

Rep. Sears on taxes



Follow-up Question for Rep. Dunlap

It seems the Senate wants to increase taxes and the House wants to reduce agencies. With eight weeks of the legislative session remaining, how do you reconcile these two directions?
3:33

Rep. Dunlap on House vs. Senate budget approaches




OTHER QUESTIONS

  1. HOUSE DEMOCRATIC REVENUE PLAN

The House Democratic plan amounts to $1.4 billion in new revenue. Can you work together with the Democrats to think about a different way about the budget?
3:00

Comments on House Democratic revenue plan



  1. GAMING AND LOTTERY REVENUES

With the gaming industry and the lottery continually reporting increases in revenue, why do we continually have cuts in education? After all, aren't most of the monies from the gaming industry earmarked for education? 
4:25

Comments on gaming and lottery revenues



  1. LEGISLATIVE PAY

The cost of living is low in Oklahoma, but our state elected officials are among the top ten paid officials in the nation. Would you support reform to elected officials' pay and support a freeze of your benefits?
1:35

Comments on legislative pay