OKLAHOMA CITY (April 24, 2014) — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi today praised Gov. Mary Fallin for signing into law a bill that continues the Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education.
On April 22, the governor signed House Bill 3243, which maintains the council until July 1, 2020. The panel originally was slated to end July 1 of this year.
“We are so blessed to have the members of the Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education working on behalf of our Native American students,” Barresi said. “Their efforts have led to certification of speakers of Native American languages to teach in our schools and in overseeing grants beneficial to this student population.
“Oklahoma’s Native American students consistently outperform peers from across the nation on college- and career-ready indicators such as Advanced Placement participation and exams, National Assessment of Educational Progress tests, the ACT and the SAT.”
The Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education works with state tribal liaisons to make recommendations to the State Board of Education and the state superintendent on educational matters concerning Native American students. The council also advocates for and monitors the quality of educational opportunities for Native American students.
The council is composed of 18 members representing tribal governments, education and teacher organizations, Regents for Higher Education, CareerTech, tribal colleges and school superintendents from throughout the state.
With more 130,000 students, Oklahoma has the largest Native American student population in the nation.