Friday, June 29, 2007

Blog Reader Survey

I am a regular reader of It was the blog that inspired me to start my own blog way back in February 2005.

Just as has encouraged you to take a blog reader survey, so am I.

Here is the link: Please take my Blog Reader Project survey.

Now I know it takes a few minutes, but what else do you have to do? Seriously, I would appreciated it greatly. Many of us in the blogosphere are slugging it out in the trenches, seemingly all alone. Is there anybody out there?

Please take the survey!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Keepin it in T-Town

The Tulsa Metro Chamber is sponsoring a business program to ask local businesses to switch just 5% of their business to local vendors. With all the business in our metro area, this can add up to some significant additional revenue for our local government.

Will this be successful? Will our elected leaders use the additional money wisely?

Find out more about this program at this link.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Cops for Kids

In its latest attempt to address the rampant crime in the public middle and high schools of Tulsa, the TPS Board is considering establishing its own independent police force. Sadly, this is what our society has degenerated into in order to have a safe school. The plan calls for a police presence in all middle and high schools in the TPS district.

This is contingent upon a $1.9 million grant from the Federal government. The grant has already been prepared. TPS is waiting on a response.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

The Iconic 1957 Plymouth Belvedere

I think that whoever ends up with the rusted Belvedere should donate it to the city with the stipulation that it be encased and on display prominently in front of the BOK Arena. That's right, an iconic car in front of an iconic arena.

Actually the more I ponder it, the Plymouth is a metaphor for our beloved City of Tulsa. The true Tulsa has been sealed for decades, unknowingly collecting rust and muck. At the seemingly proper time, the rich and pseudo-famous, the media elites, all take us over and spin and spin and spin, trying to put a good face on a sad situation.

In doing so, they have taken over the details. They robbed the public of a clear view of the unearthing, and we too have been robbed by the carpetbaggers and robber barrons of Tulsa. Today, we have been robbed of the vision of our true Tulsa destiny and heritage.

What survived in the time capsule has somehow already been claimed! Where was it written that the contents of the time capsule would not also go the the winner of the car? The fat cats like to latch on to whatever looks good and take control. See here! "The items in the time capsule now belong to the Tulsa Historical Society..." who elected you the Pope?

Not that everything was perfect in Tulsa in 1957, but let's look at a few of our pressing issues. In '57, Tulsa had a street commissioner. A city employee whose job was to contruct and maintain our city streets. Today they are a disaster. 1957 saw Tulsa as a peaceful city, a fantastic place to raise a family. Today those who care have fled the city to the suburbs. Violent crime, especially homicides are an almost daily occurrence. I could go on.....

Also, I am reminded of what Jesus Christ said, some 2000 years ago. It is as true today and the day he spoke these words; Matthew 6: 19-20 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;

Happy Fathers Day!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Survey on Charter Schools for Tulsa

Am I tilting at windmills, or is there enough support for charter schools for Tulsa out there? Please click on the link for a one question survey.


Good News for Charter Schools!

Unbelievably, Governor Henry signed HB 1589 into law on 6-4-07. This was the culmination of a herculean effort by a group of dedicated parents, leaders and legislators over the past three years. HB1589 significantly improves the Oklahoma Charter School Act of 1999.

The passage was given only cursory coverage by the Tulsa Whirled as reported here. They only point out that Universities in Tulsa and OKC are now potential sponsors for charter schools.

HB 1589 was opposed by the "establishment", or the entrenched bureaucracy as evidenced by this link to a blog by Roy Bishop, whose profile indicates he is President of the Oklahoma Education Association. It took a brave effort on the part of some key Democrat legislators to get this bill passed by the House and Senate, and then to have our Democrat governor sign it.

HB 1589 is effective on July 1, 2007.

Major points:

1. The charter school law now applies to only the Oklahoma City and Tulsa School Districts.

2. The bill adds Universities or Higher Ed as potential sponsors of charter schools. Now there will be 3 potential sponsors; the local school district, Career Tech/Tulsa Tech, and Universities.

3. Funding for the state aid portion of the finances for charters will continue to flow through the local school district if they are the sponsor, otherwise, this bill changes the flow of funding for charters sponsored by Career Tech/Tulsa Tech and Universities to come through the State Department of Education (SDE).

4. A last minute compromise was to limit the number of new charters created in each district to 3 per year. (I think slow and steady growth is better than too much too fast)

5. Charter school organizers will have to complete some training (to be developed by the SDE) for all applications submitted after 1-1-08.

With these changes, I think I would rate our charter school law in Oklahoma a solid B, up from a C. We can do more, but this is a significant step forward and should open the doors for improving public education in Tulsa.

The bill as passed should have taken away the "unconstitutional" allegation by the TPS school board. And perhaps the change in the flow of funding will invite others to move forward with plans to encourage and sponsor charter schools.

I tried to download the text of the bill signed by Governor Henry, but the downloaded file was corrupted. I will try later and if successful, will post that only another blog entry in the future.

Any of my fellow Tulsans or fellow Tulsa Bloggers out there ready to roll up your sleeves?

Do you support the creation of even one new charter school in Tulsa?

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Tulsa's Lucky Number Reveals T-Town's Truth

The good news is: The U.S. Census has revealed the population of Tulsa as of 6-1-07. This is the number that will be used to determine the winner of the buried 1957 Plymouth Belvedere.

The bad news is: The U.S. Census has revealed the population of Tulsa as of 6-1-07.


The official number is 382,457.

In the 2000 Census T-Town had a population of 391,908. Our population has decreased by 9,451.

The ugly truth about Tulsa, Oklahoma is that people are still leaving. I want to turn this trend around.

Note to elected city officials and policy makers; Here is a list of real priorities to seriously work on to turn the population numbers around.

1. Economic Development (Job Creation)
2. Improved public school performance (More Charter Schools)
3. Serious reduction in all categories of crime (Especially Homicides)
4. FIX THE STREETS!!!! (Bridges Too)
5. Shrink the size and scope of local government(Empower People & Get Out of the Way)

Nothing earth shattering or new here, just back to basics good local government.