Wide range seen in legislative session grading

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: June 6, 2013
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Grading school districts and individual schools is a controversial state policy that occupied some of the time of legislators in the 2013 session. As for grading how wisely legislators spent their time this session, report cards are emerging with some highly subjective conclusions.

Gov. Mary Fallin and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman gave the session an A. House Speaker T.W. Shannon gave it an A-minus. Thus, the three people most responsible for what went on during the session were quite pleased with the result.

At the other end of the spectrum, the director of a progressive think tank said lawmakers earned a D. His conservative counterpart gave the session a B. The head of the state employees union gave it an I — Incomplete — for failing to address compensation issues.

Other voices marked a grade card as well. State Treasurer Ken Miller gave the session an A-minus. State Chamber CEO Fred Morgan gave it an A. We'd be hard pressed to rate the session above a B-minus, but what enthused Fallin, Shannon, Bingman, Miller, Morgan and others also enthused us. It was the breaking of a logjam on workers' compensation system reform.

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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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