friED OKra Podcast

The words Fried Okra over a microphonefriED OKra is a weekly podcast dedicated to providing information and insight into all things public education in Oklahoma. It’s a collaboration of OEA employees and staff from across the state, along with special guests. 

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Episode 5 (April 3, 2020)

"State Senator Roger and OK Legislature's Return for a Special Session"

State Senator Roger Thompson of Oklahoma’s 5th District joins friED OKra to talk about the legislature returning for a special session on Monday and answers questions on what Oklahoma’s budget may look like this year and next.

Episode 4 (March 26, 2020)

"Congresswoman Kendra Horn on the Federal Stimulus Package"

The Congresswoman for Oklahoma’s 5th District, Kendra Horn, joins friED OKra ahead of the House of Representatives’ vote on the $2 trillion stimulus package that just passed the Senate and how it affects Oklahoma students, educators, and communities. 

We also catch up with NEA Director of Government Relations, Marc Egan, who curates the education aspects of the CARES Act in detail.

Episode 3 (March 19, 2020)

"Superintendent Hofmeister Returns to Talk School Closures"

Oklahoma State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister returns to friED OKra to discuss the statewide school closures and answers questions to help students, educators, parents, and community members through this unprecedented time.

Carrie and Alicia also speak with Terri Gray from the OEA Elections Committee, who shines a lot on OEA’s democratic process and how members can participate in elections happening right now.

Episode 2 (March 13, 2020)

"Coronavirus Update with State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister"

In the second ever episode of friED OKra, our hosts Carrie Coppernoll Jacobs and OEA President Alicia Priest sit down with Oklahoma State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, who provides an update on the coronavirus and answers questions on what educators and parents should expect.

The Oklahoma Retired Educators Association (OREA) Executive Director Sabra Tucker also joins friED OKra to discuss the house’s unanimous vote to pass a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for retirees and the years of advocacy that led to this moment.

Episode 1 (March 6, 2020)

"Welcome to friED OKra!"

In our inaugural episode of friED OKra, our hosts Carrie Coppernoll Jacobs and OEA President Alicia Priest discuss the current legislative session with OEA’s associate executive director of legislative and political organizing, Amanda Ewing. Including a cost-of-living adjustment for retirees, the overall budget, and bills on virtual school boards. 

We also hear from Mustang ESP’s Margaret Brown and Candis Ryczkowski on their incredible story of the years-long process it took for them to organize a bargaining local from scratch.