Linda Murphy, Oklahoma Educator
She is a leader in grassroots politics in Oklahoma. Linda led the repeal of Outcomes Based Education from state law in 1995 and helped lead the repeal of Common Core State Standards in 2014. She is a strong proponent of a full and well-rounded education for students using proven methods as well as local control of education and parents’ rights.
Linda Murphy has served as Education Advisor to the Governor of Oklahoma and as Deputy Commissioner of Labor for Workforce Education and Training. She has been a certified teacher for 30 years. Linda works with students who have learning difficulties including visual perception problems and developmental delays. She is certified in testing and training students to develop their skills using the SOI -Structure of Intellect program. She has spoken to hundreds of groups of parents and teachers about education, child development, vision and learning, education policy and politics around the state and nation.
Linda Murphy is an educator who has been certified by the State Department of Education for over 30 years. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She has taught children and adults in all subject areas. Linda received a statewide award for her work with visually related learning problems from the State Optometric Association and Liberty Optical.
In 1994, following her grassroots campaign for State Superintendent of Schools where she received 49.5% of the votes, Linda was appointed by Governor Keating as Secretary of Education. She continued as the Governor’s Education Advisor, following a vote by the 17 member Senate Education Committee where all 12 Democrats refused to confirm her appointment and all 5 Republicans approved it. In 1995 the Oklahoma legislature repealed OBE Outcomes Based Education from state law as a result of the grassroots campaign against it led by Linda Murphy.
As Governor’s Education Advisor, Linda Murphy attended the NGA- National Governors Association meeting in Chicago in 1995. At the meeting she was joined by the Virginia and New Hampshire Governors’ advisors in rejecting the education agenda NGA developed by the Clinton administration including Goals 2000, OBE -Outcomes Based Education, STW -School to Work. Both Bill and Hillary Clinton worked with the NCEE -National Center for Education and the Economy’s (Carnegie funded) director Marc Tucker to implement a centralized plan to control education and the economy.
Murphy was also appointed by Governor Keating to the State Job Training Coordinating Council, the Heartland Scholarship Fund Committee, the National Science Foundation Committee for -Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research and the Commission on the Status of Women. Later, the Commissioner of Labor, Brenda Reneau, appointed Murphy to the position of Deputy Commissioner of Labor for Workforce Education and Training, the School-to-Work Council and to the position of Administrator of the Eastern Division of the Department of Labor.
Today Linda is speaking to groups across the state and nation about Common Core, non-academic student assessments and the transformation of education, which is underway at the hands of “social engineers” and corporations funding and controlling K-12 reforms. She is an advocate for local control of education, parental rights and common sense policies which will put a stop to the plans of big government, big corporation and radical education progressives.
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