New Oklahoma City School Board leader answers questions about education issues

New Oklahoma City School Board Chairwoman Lynne Hardin answers questions from The Oklahoman and NewsOK readers as she begins her first term in office.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Published: April 16, 2013
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School board elections in February gave Oklahoma City Public Schools a new leader at the helm of the district school board.

Board Chairwoman Lynne Hardin took time to answer questions from readers of The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com.

Hardin is president and CEO of Integrated Solutions.

She graduated from Northwest Classen High School and has been an active supporter of the school.

Hardin also has been involved in a variety of community activities, including those which promote women, health and education.

Q: What do you think is the main cause for low test scores in Oklahoma City Public Schools, and is that cause being addressed?

A: We have allowed our public education system in Oklahoma City to be impotent and just “getting by” for many, many years. It is time we assume some responsibility for the education of our children and bridge the gap between public and private education. I believe apathy is our partner in crime, and we are beginning to address our crimes. We need to replicate what is working.

Q: How do you feel about allowing teachers to carry guns?

A: Violence or the threat of violence has never educated anyone about anything, except to be more violent.

Q: What are your thoughts on the A-F school evaluation system?

The system seems to be flawed. However, it has been a wake-up call to our community. It is obvious we are not being responsible with the most valuable assets we have: our children.

Q: Do you believe in school choice? Do you support the right of parents to homeschool their children?

A: I honestly vacillate on these issues. I believe we should all have choices and freedom. However, I could also make a good argument against. As most things, we need water logic, rather than rock logic. We are currently working with the city of Oklahoma City to provide transportation to our high school academy programs, giving students a choice.

Q: What are you doing to combat bullying, both in and out of school? What would you put in an anti-bullying policy to safeguard the interests of the student accused of bullying?

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It is time we assume some responsibility for the education of our children and bridge the gap between public and private education. I believe apathy is our partner in crime, and we are beginning to address our crimes.

Lynne Hardin,
School board chairwoman

for Oklahoma City Public Schools

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