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Legislative Issues

Selected issues affecting public education may be highlighted. Union Public Schools does not intend to endorse political issues. Information provided here is for informational purposes only.

Achieving Classroom Excellence

The Achieving Classroom Excellence Act (ACE) is a statewide effort to raise expectations for student achievement in Oklahoma public schools. It provides a framework for all Oklahoma school systems to implement standards, curriculum, and assessments with the rigor and relevance necessary for Oklahoma students to be prepared for college and the world of work. See State web page.

ACE sets forth requirements that must be met in order for a student to earn a diploma from an Oklahoma public high school. An Oklahoma high school diploma tells admission officers at college, universities, and career and technology schools that the bearer is ready for the rigors of post-secondary education. It also tells potential employers that the graduate possesses the reading, writing, and mathematical skills required for success in the workplace.

ACE has three major components: Curriculum, Testing, and Remediation & Intervention. On this page, you will find information and frequently asked questions related to each of these components along with a number of Resources that will help explain and implement the ACE laws.

Common Core

The Priority Academic Student Skills and the Common Core State Standards come under the umbrella of all state standards entitled Oklahoma C3 Standards - C3 standing for college, career, and citizen ready.  In 2014, however, the state Legislature passed legislation to drop Common Core, a decision which was upheld by the State Supreme Court.

Voucher Issue

The State Legislature has passed two laws that allow Oklahoma citizens’ tax dollars to pay the tuition (vouchers) for students on Individual Education Plans (IEPs) to attend private and religious schools. The ramifications of using tax dollars for vouchers are far reaching and could affect the quality of public education in Oklahoma. See news stories/archive

Updated Feb. 17, 2016:  The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, February 17, 2016, that state-funded private school scholarships for students with disabilities are constitutional.

The ruling came down in a taxpayer lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program for Children with Disabilities.  Tulsa World story

The latest lawsuit began in October 2013, when a dozen Oklahomans from across the state sued in Oklahoma County to have the Henry law declared unconstitutional for violating the state constitution’s no-aid-to-religion clause. The plaintiffs were bipartisan and included a state senator, retired and current superintendents and teachers, parents of special-needs students, college professors and a retired judge.