Lately we’ve all heard a lot about this new district A-F grading system for our public schools. We all also know that everyone from principals to lunch ladies think it’s unfair, doesn’t measure what it’s intended to, and openly and vocally hate the law in general. In fact, the only person who seems to think it’s a great idea is Governor Mary Fallin, but she also thinks wearing sheer tights with peep-toed flats is a sound decision.
Now that grades were released, parents have a reason to express their outrage too. Because of this, Jenks brought in some professional statisticians to help them confirm to parents that their childrens’ school isn’t in serious jeopardy because of their B+ score–it was just graded on a terrible and error-prone system that has little to do with what the district is doing.
From News on 6:
It’s been a while since we’ve written anything about OKC media personality Lacey Lett. This is because she dated Brent Skarky, moved to Tulsa, and stopped sending us Braum’s e-postcards when they redesigned their website.
Well, it looks like we have an excuse to write about Lacey again. Over the past year, she’s split up with Skarky, moved back to Oklahoma City and is now working as a part-time reporter for KFOR Channel 4. Plus, she’s being inducted into the Oklahoma City Community College Alumni Hall of Fame later tonight.
Yeah, you read that right. Oklahoma City Community College has an Alumni Hall of Fame. Check out the rest of this year’s class. It’s a who’s-who list of people who probably want you to pick up the tab the next time you go to lunch.
From the OCCC website:
The piece of cheesy, trying-too-hard happiness pictured above is Deby Snodgrass. When she’s not pretending to be a realtor with lipstick on her teeth, she’s the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.
Deby made the news recently for receiving a $40,000 (46%) pay raise that bumped her annual salary to $126,000. The raise generated some controversy because a) most state employees haven’t received pay raises since 2006, b) it was a $40,000 raise, c) it was a $40,000 raise, and d) it was a $40,000 raise. Did I mention it was a $40,000 raise? I would make an off-color “Who’d she have to _______ for that” joke, but it would be too unrealistic. Other than blackmailing your boss, having powerful friends in high places, or lying on your online dating profile, there’s nothing you can do to earn a raise like that.
Snodgrass has obviously received a lot of criticism and unwanted media attention for the hefty pay increase. Therefore, it’s not too surprising that the Tourism Department recently issued a press release that touts the economic impact tourism has on Oklahoma. The release lacks substance and fails to put random numbers into a meaningful perspective, but it sure draws attention away from a goddamn $40,000 a year raise. The goldfish pool that is our local media took the bait.
By now you’ve probably heard about the app Uber. I know we have, because their PR department has sent us a bunch of emails about it.
Uber is kind of like an app based taxi service. If you need a ride somewhere, you simply hit a button on your phone and then like a genie either David Glover, Nick Collison or Dan Gordon if he still lived here will show up where you are and give you a ride. You pay Uber, Uber pays them, and if neither of you are murdered, everyone is happy.
Well, except for taxi companies. They’re sad and worried.
Frustrated taxi and limo service operators want Oklahoma City police to ticket Uber drivers, but city officials are taking a cautious approach to dealing with the smartphone app-based ride-for-hire program.
Oklahoma City police Sgt. Leroy Dancy told members of the Oklahoma City Traffic and Transportation Commission on Monday that city officials continue to scrutinize the company to determine if it is violating city ride-for-hire ordinances.
“We haven’t come to a final conclusion yet,” he said.
Dancy told The Oklahoman he doesn’t know how long it will take to complete the city’s investigation.
“We just know when we know,” Dancy said.
Uber recruits local drivers willing to use their vehicles to provide ride-for-hire services to customers who summon and pay for rides through the smartphone app.
The issue is whether Uber and companies like it are required to meet the same licensing requirements as traditional ride-for-hire companies. In the Uber app’s service agreement with customers, the company contends it is a technology company with an app and not a transportation service.
The company contends it only acts as an intermediary to link customers with transportation providers, even though Uber collects credit card information from customers that is kept on file and used to pay for rides. Uber retains a percentage of the fares.
First of all, taxi and limo drivers should be aware that Uber’s marketing strategy seems to be entirely built on generating publicity and controversy. Why else would they pay a guy like Nick Collison to be a spokesperson? By complaining to the Oklahoman or TV news, you’re giving Uber exactly what they want.
Back to the story, it’s funny that taxi and limo drivers want the police to ticket people who are sharing a ride using Uber. Good luck with that. This is how the conversation will go:
10) Oklahoma State hammers Texas
Oklahoma State trounced Texas Saturday afternoon 38-13 in workman-like fashion. Despite running 24 less plays, and despite not having it’s best playmaker, the total yards amassed by OSU nearly mirrored that gained by Texas, which goes to show that the offense is an efficient, if not spectacular aspect of this OSU team. Which is all Gundy needs from his offense, as this defense continues to make big play after big play.
Leading 21-10 in the final minute of the first half, Case McCoy attempted a pass he physically cannot complete, and was intercepted by Justin Gilbert, who took the pick to the house, effectively ending the game. Gilbert’s oskie was one of three given up by McCoy on the evening. And even without the turnovers, OSU played well on defense, allowing 3.4 yards a carry to a team that has enjoyed significant success running the ball since the end of September.
It seems like I say this every week, but the country going find out how good this veteran defense really is in five days.
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