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Legislative Roundup

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July 5, 2017

Now that the session is over, we can finally finish sifting through all the new and changed laws that will affect our schools. I’ve compiled a spreadsheet of bills that passed, with a brief summary of each. It’s available to our members; simply log in and click on the Documents tab. I’ve made it interactive so that if you’d like to see the actual legislation being referenced, you can just hover over the bill number and a hyperlink will pop up which will take you right to the bill. Please keep in mind that the list is not exhaustive and may not reflect every single education-related bill that passed. 

Also in the documents folder is a list of bills grouped by topic that might be helpful to you. They are clickable as well.

Hope you’re all enjoying summer and getting some much-needed relaxation from the daily grind!

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Terri Thomas

Director of Legal Services

Terri Thomas serves as Director of Legal Services for OPSRC.  Ms. Thomas is an attorney practicing exclusively in the area of Oklahoma school law, with a primary focus on rural and smaller school districts. Prior to OPSRC, she served as legal counsel for the Organization of Rural Oklahoma Schools (OROS) from 1999 to 2015 and represents many school districts throughout all parts of the state.

It’s no accident that Terri wound up practicing school law.  She grew up in the school business. Terri’s father, the late Howard Thomas, was a school superintendent for 25 years in several Oklahoma school districts, including Pauls Valley—Terri’s hometown—and Ardmore. After graduating from Pauls Valley High School, Terri received her bachelor’s degree in Finance from Southern Methodist University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

She and her husband, Norman Thompson, and their 8-year old daughter, Mary, reside in Oklahoma City.