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An Educator's Voice, Lifting Oklahoma.

 

Two years ago I ran for office during a different kind of crisis. Oklahoma educators sounded the alarm and many signed up to serve. I am proud of the work we have done thus far in beginning to right that ship.

 

Fast forward to today - the COVID-19 Pandemic has touched us all. The systems in our state have been subjected to the same lack of attention as education due to a decade of cuts - and we are feeling the pain.

 

I have spent more time talking to constituents than ever before and getting them connected to support systems. So many are worried. So many are struggling. Biggest concerns: Access to health care. The loss of a job. Making payroll. Paying the mortgage. Being a parent, teacher, and employee from home all at the same time and worrying that you aren't doing any of it right.

 

I've also spent much of my time asking the tough questions of our state agencies and leadership and not letting up until we get the right answers. One thing has become very clear - my work here is far from done.

 

  

 

 

 

 


News

Thursday, October 8, 2020 6:46 AM

Tenants and Landlords Agree that Oklahoma needs eviction reforms

"With COVID-19 threatening to make Oklahoma’s already-high eviction rate jump even higher, tenant and landlord advocates both urged legislators Thursday to reform the state’s eviction laws.
Both sides told a state House of Representatives committee hearing that evictions have become far too common across the state, but particularly in Tulsa, where the eviction rate is the 11th highest in the country, hurting tenants and property owners alike." writes Michael Overall.

https://tulsaworld.com/news/local/tenants-and-landlords-agree-that-oklahoma-needs-eviction-reforms/article_2f0b0cce-0404-11eb-b90a-bb478809aaee.html?fbclid=IwAR1iDOLJ1vsN-AlLU548LpWsrsbeMmOIaOgYCzCbem8NdrQgaE5aM3u-VH4


Friday, October 2, 2020 1:04 PM

Officials Call Epic findings "Concerning" and "Deeply Concerning

“As we have said from the beginning, our concern has never been about our teachers that work for Epic,” said state Rep. Melissa Provenzano, D-Tulsa. “Our concerns have always been upstream. Were Oklahoma tax dollars being spent on our students? Today it appears we found out they were not.”

https://tulsaworld.com/news/local/education/officials-call-epic-audit-findings-concerning-deeply-disturbing-troubling/article_7d87af02-01fb-11eb-8695-df5df358c664.html


Tuesday, September 15, 2020 6:32 AM

House Dem Education Policy Team Requests AG examine CARES Act Spending

We must ensure that CARES dollars meant for supporting services for low-income students were distributed according to approved CARES guidelines. We along with the US Federal Courts and several other states share concerns that they were not.

 

Today we submitted a request to Attorney General Mike Hunter to determine if the Governor's Emergency Education Relief funds (GEER) were spent in Oklahoma appropriately. If they weren't, we have requested they be redistributed correctly per CARES guidelines as intended.
You can read our official statement and request below.

Education Policy Team requests examination of CARES Act spending


Wednesday, August 19, 2020 4:09 PM

Returning to Learn in the Time of Covid - NASSP

"Public schools do rock star things every single day, and a lot of the time it gets overshadowed." - Rep. Provenzano

So thankful to be a part of the National Association Secondary Schools Principals (NASSP) "Return to Learning in the Time of COVID" conversation. Teachers, principals, superintendents and school staff - I am in awe. Keep up the good work!  Click below to watch the national panel discussion!  

NASSP Panel Discussion

or read about it here: 

https://www.educationdive.com/news/state-of-american-education-equity-pandemic-reopening-budget-crises/583830/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202020-08-20%20K-12%20Education%20Dive%20Newsletter%20%5Bissue:29205%5D&utm_term=Education%20Dive:%20K12


Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:42 PM

State Testing Waiver Requested for 2020-21 School Year - Tulsa World

For the 2020-2021 school year, the House Democratic Education Policy team is requesting a waiver for state testing.

“Our teachers have a monumental task this fall that they have already begun preparing for: determining how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted learning and developing the best plan to meet the unique needs these uncertain times will demand. It's time to put authentic assessment squarely into the hands of these skilled professionals who will be working directly with our children." - Rep. Provenzano


Provenzano for House District 79 2020
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