Advocacy

ADVOCACY ACTION: Reach out to your legislators to advocate for HB 1773, which will add MTSS to the required training of preservice teachers in Oklahoma. The full bill may be read here. This bill has passed committee and will be heard on the House Floor next. Now is the time to contact your local legislators! With support from NASP, the OSPA Advocacy Committee has created an online automated email campaign specific to HB 1773.

Advocacy Tools

Navigating the OK Legislature Page
Find My Legislator
Advocacy Resources from the OSSBA
How an Idea Becomes a Law Flowchart
How to Write a Letter to Your Legislator Sample Letters to Legislators
Effective Communication Strategies for School Psychologists
 
 
2021 Oklahoma Legislation

OSPA is tracking the following bills from Oklahoma's 58th legislature session. We will update this list after legislative deadlines throughout the session. For the most up-to-date information on a bill, click the associated link. Select the version tab to see the most updated version of the bill.  You may also sign up for email updates to bills using the LENS Tracking System.

 *OSPA is actively advocating for HB1572 and HB 1773 and will provide sample letters and phone scripts for calling your legislators regarding these bills. If you would like to contact legislators about other bills, use the resources above to craft an email or phone call to your representative and senator.  

House Bills (House Legislative Deadlines)

Bill #/Link Title Summary Status
HB 1027 De-escalation training Requiring violence de-escalation training for certified teachers Referred to Common Education
HB 1105 School Reform Creating the School Reform Act of 2021 Introduced
HB 1571 Oklahoma Children's Code Modifying definition for neglect Referred to Judiciary - Civil
*HB 1572 School Employee Pay Removing funding contingency (would make NCSP stipend not contingent of availability of funds) Referred to Revenue and Taxation Subcommittee
HB1592 Teach in OK Act Eliminating certain out-of-state teacher experience cap Referred to Banking, Financial Services and Pensions
HB 1656 School Counselors Requiring district to employ at least one certified school counselor at each school site Referred to Common Education
HB 1686 Suicide Awareness Authoring State Board of Ed to adopt suicide awareness and prevention curriculum Referred to Common Education
HB 1769 Dyslexia Handbook Requiring OK SDE to maintain the dyslexia informational handbook Referred to Common Education
*HB 1773 MTSS Requiring student of MTSS in preservice teacher preparation programs Referred to Common Education
HB 1778 Bullying Prevention Modifying provision of the School Safety and Bullying Prevention At Referred to Common Education
HB 1792 Disabled persons Terminology Referred to Rules
HB 1886 Professional Development Requiring Mental Health training in schools Referred to Common Education
HB 1919 School Counselors Setting minimum ratio of students to certified school counselors Referred to Common Education
HB 2176 LNHS Additional disability weights in funding calculation if student is re-evaluated Referred to Appropriations and Budget
HB 2223 Dyslexia Handbook Directing the SDE to maintain the Dyslexia Handbook Referred to Common Education
HB 2454 LNHS Modifying eligibility requirements for private school to participate in program Referred to Common Education
HB 2565 Oklahoma Children's Code Modifying definition for neglect Referred to Judiciary - Civil
HB 2693 Nat'l Board Certification Providing financial assistance for certification renewal; establishing bonuses for teachers with Nat'l Board Certification Referred to Rules

 *OSPA is actively advocating for HB1572 and HB 1773

 Senate Bills (Senate Deadlines)

Bill #/Link Title Summary Status
SB 21 Suicide Awareness Requiring Boards of Ed to adopt policies regarding suicide awareness training Referred to Education Committee then to Appropriations Committee
SB 179 Behavior Analysts Modifying and deleting certain licensing requirements; updating standards; providing for limited practice of supervisees Passed Senate Health and Human Services Committee
SB 203 LNHS for students with Disabilities program Act Providing eligibility for certain students Referred to Appropriations and Budget-Education Sub-committee
SB 271 Disciplinary Procedures Directing teachers and other staff to have authority for control and discipline of students Referred to Education Committee
SB 402 LNHS for students with Disabilities program Act Renames act; expands eligibility Referred to Appropriations and Budget-Education Sub-committee
SB 532 School Choice Creating School Choice for Disadvantaged Children Program Act Referred to Education Committee then to Appropriations Committee
SB 537 OK Commission on Children and Youth Modifying various provisions relating to OK Commission on Children and Youth Referred to Health and Human Services Committee then to Appropriations Committee
SB 582 Disabled persons Modifying terminology Referred to Health and Human Services
SB 652 Health Insurance Modifying age limit for ASD treatment; modifying maximum benefit for coverage Referred to Retirement and Insurance
SB 703 Teacher compensation Requiring credit be given for out-of-state and out-of-country teaching experience Referred to Education Committee then to Appropriations Committee
SB 767 Firearms Authorizing certain school employees to carry Referred to Public Safety