Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Homeschoolers Betrayed For Money

   You won't believe who's fighting AGAINST Home Educators' freedom, at the capitol!
   The Homeschool Book Fairs & Conventions that are held in OKC & Tulsa each year, are a very big business which heavily funds the lobbying budgets for OCHEC.
   OCHEC does not want homeschoolers making deals with the state, because free curriculum and inclusion on the school district's varsity squad would undercut their business venture as well as the business partners who pay massive booth fees for the big convention halls.
   It's not enough for them to personally opt out of public school teams. No, they want the state legislature to shut down the effort for every other family who educates at home.
"My Big Homeschool organization's success depends on shutting down the only viable sport options for rural home educators."
   The big metro homeschool sport organizations have several hundred athletes. For recruiting, they really don't want to compete with public schools for attracting the best homeschool athletes. But remote areas of the state have no practical options for the home educated athlete.
   I was a board member for NOAH as well as a multi-sport coach for teams my kids were on. I flatly told my fellow coaches and board members that I support whatever gives the most freedom for homeschool families. The metro homeschool sports teams are essentially saying; "My organization's success depends on shutting down the only viable sport options for rural home educators." I do not want to be part of that organizational policy, so I resigned.
   Like an Amish man who dares to wear a plaid shirt, anyone who reject's the strict guidelines of OCHEC is shunned. Home education co-ops are under the same threats and a significant number of them have been rejected by the self-appointed spokemen of Oklahoma home education. OCHEC won't even voluntarily refer to disobedient co-ops as real 'homeschoolers'.
   What's even worse is that OCHEC uses terminology which refuses to acknowledge other homeschoolers who disagree with them. They forced affiliates to kick out families who tap into state resources to enhance their kids' education. Oklahoma has unprecedented arrangements to give families access to a portion of the funding which public schools get. At least now, families can get traditional homeschool curriculum paid for by the Oklahoma Dept. Of Education.
   OCHEC hates that because it undercuts the book fairs they've made fortunes off of. Those book fairs fund the entire operations, lobbying, and board retreats.
   OCHEC makes a very subtle and corrupt redefinition of what home education means. They define it by where the money comes from and goes through. Home educating literally means 'educating at home', but that's too inconvenient to their strategy and growth.
   Money corrupts. That's the message OCHEC uses to convince families to "Fear The State". But money has clearly corrupted the OCHEC strategy of putting their business in front of the families they claim to represent. See OCHEC lobby against homeschool opportunities

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Listen To Oklahoma Senate's Electoral Vote Debate

On Feb. 12, 2014; the Oklahoma Senate was surprised by a parliamentary move which resulted in the near-stealth passage of legislation to give Oklahoma's electoral college votes to an interstate treaty compact.
In the past 4 presidential elections, that compact would have resulted in Oklahoma (America's most 'red' state) casting all of their electoral votes to the most liberal candidates in American history.
Listen to the audio of the parliamentary process and pass this on to your friends.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Sooner Politics Facebook Group

 Oklahoma conservatives now have a statewide facebook group for additional communication and discussions. Sooner Politics Facebook Group is now open, just in time for the early political announcements of the 2014 election cycle.
  We also discuss classic issues of constitution, family values, tax policy, and ethics. Several smaller and local organizations have fantastic Facebook groups which deal with specific issues or local politics. This Sooner Politics Group will seek to unite and inform all of Oklahoma's Conservative base.
  The Newspaper is now up and running! It is a free online consortium of Oklahoma Conservative writers and activists. This web publication effectively ties several great communicators from around the state into one concise feed of several issues, events, and causes.
  We encourage the readers to subscribe to the great bloggers' pages, support the advertisers, and spread the word!
   The Calendar is running! We pulled together several Google Calendar feeds from political groups, Tea Parties, Political Machines, and Government Announcements. We've issued a call for all activist groups to maintain a google calendar for your events and meetings, then let us know the link. We'll help spread the word of the great things you are doing.

Sunday, February 16, 2014