OKLAHOMA CITY–Rep. Donnie Condit, D-McAlester, and Rep. James Lockhart, D-Heavener, attended a Policy Academy in Orlando.
The conference, called the Policy Academy for Newly Elected Legislators (PANEL), educated new lawmakers on education, or in other words gave them a refresher course on education policy.
CSG Media Relations conducted the policy academy to provide legislators elected in 2010 and 2011 with “sound and objective education policy helping them make well-informed decisions.”
“The hard truth is many legislators, whether freshmen or veterans, want and need more information to help them in their decision-making,” CSG Director of Education Policy Pam Goins explained.
That is why Rep. Condit, a retired educator, along with 30 other state lawmakers, decided to attend the conference.
“I want to serve the people of Oklahoma and my district as best I can,” Rep. Condit said, “and this conference provided me with great information that will allow me to do just that by helping me make better education policy decisions.”
Rep. Lockhart valued the experience as well, saying “I had heard a lot about Common Core and I was interested in learning about it. I wanted to listen to a different perspective on education.”
The PANEL is jointly funded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, and CSG’s 21st Century Foundation. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation paid for the visit by Representatives Condit and Lockhart, at no expense to taxpayers.
“I hope that my attendance will guide me in making policy to prepare our students to compete in a 21st century economy.” Rep. Condit noted. “We want our students to be competitive, and for Oklahoma to lead the way on education policy.”
“Each day Oklahoma businesses are competing with companies from all over the globe for jobs,” Lockhart said. “Our economic recovery depends largely upon our students being able to compete on a global scale.”