Following our report on the success of Online Charter Public Schools, KOTV News contacted me for a discussion of the education issues that Oklahoma is faced with. Journalist Emory Bryan has nearly 30 years experience in Oklahoma TV news. He and I visited this afternoon and rolled the tape. We spoke nearly a half hour and I trust he'll do his best to condense the content down to fit within the producer's mandate. That's a lot to ask of anyone. We'll post the video when the station releases it.
I expressed great hope for the successful models being demonstrated by some.
The Epic School District is one model which pays teachers richly ($63,000 per year) while charging the taxpayers less than half what Tulsa Public Schools does. David Chaney's Epic One on One operates in all 77 counties and scores better results than 400 other public schools.
Oklahoma must step up and make these fundamental changes in the delivery of education. The old models are no longer workable and teachers are trapped in a system that will always limit their full potential and their financial rewards.
I'm posting my own video of the newscast, until KOTV posts theirs' online