OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - School teachers in Oklahoma could be fired
for a host of new reasons under a bill that cleared a House
committee, raising concerns of opponents who contend educators are
on the front line of a Republican assault on public education.
The House Education Committee on Tuesday approved a bill that
would add dishonesty, insubordination and negligence to the list of
reasons for which a career teacher could be fired.
State Rep. Lee Denney, R-Cushing, says the goal of her bill is
to ensure that good teachers remain in the classroom, while school
districts have broader ability to get rid of ineffective teachers.
Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Mary Fallin is expected to sign a
measure into law on Tuesday that eliminates a teacher's ability to
appeal their dismissal in district court.