A New School Year Begins

By State Rep. Mike Sanders

With a little one of my own, education is always on the forefront of my mind. A new school year is upon us, and it reminds me that it will not be long before my boy will be old enough to begin preschool.

In addition to doing my best to protect education from funding cuts, I have also supported new math and science standards to increase school accountability. That being said, I think our superior teachers in Western Oklahoma should have no trouble meeting those new standards. Students throughout the district test far above the state average in math. I am particularly proud of the hard work of school teachers and administrators in light of the difficulties created by the state’s revenue shortfall.

I would also like to remind drivers that school zones will soon be in effect and that they should correct their speeds accordingly. As most of you know, the fine for speeding in a school zone is much higher than your average speeding ticket.

I would like to congratulate former Kingfisher Middle School Principal Andy Evans. Evans was hired as the superintendent of the Mountain View-Gotebo school district after being recently selected as the Oklahoma Middle School Principal of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals.

In other news, a high-risk pool for Oklahomans who are unable to get health insurance has been launched. To qualify for the program, applicants must have been without insurance for at least six months and must have been denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. Premiums will range from $137 to $704 a month. Applications can be submitted online and coverage may begin as early as September 1.

I want to give my thanks to those folks who came out to the Lomega Community Fair and the 25th Annual Seiling Rodeo Parade. We had a wonderful time. It’s great being out in the district.

I will be traveling through the district during the interim and will keep you regularly updated on the ideas and problems presented to me by constituents. As always, I would love to hear from you. I can be reached at the Capitol at (405) 557-7407.

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