Education

1:01 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

New Pride Of Oklahoma Director Draws Fire From Alumni, Students, Fans

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As fans trekked to Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Saturday before the Sooners' matchup against Tulsa, volunteers handed out fliers printed with an odd request — don't cheer.
Although the message asked fans not to show their support for the band, it was distributed by band alumni, parents and others. Those supporters are upset about the direction the band is taking under new director Justin Stolarik, who came to OU this fall.
8:46 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Okie Bee Discovered By College Researcher

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A Southwestern Oklahoma State University assistant professor and researcher has discovered a new species of bee in Oklahoma. Victor Gonzalez Betancourt discovered the bee in Ellis and Blaine counties. It has been named after bee biologist Charles Duncan Michener and his wife Mary from the University of Kansas (the Anthidiummichenerorum).
News and Events September 17, 2013 A new species of native bee from Oklahoma was recently discovered by Dr. Victor H. Gonzalez Betancourt, an assistant professor and researcher in the Biology Department at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.
Around The State
12:51 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Properties Tied To Famous Oklahoma Women To Be Surveyed

Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller, one of several Oklahoma women Alyson Greiner plans to research.
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An Oklahoma State University professor is set to start examining historical properties associated with famous women in the Sooner State later this month.

Alyson Greiner says the project will last about nine months and her research will be sent to the State Historic Preservation Office. The hope is to nominate some of the properties associated with the women to the National Register of Historic Places or to update current landmark listings with the role women played.

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eCapitol
7:41 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Teacher Shortages Continue To Leave Numerous Vacancies In Oklahoma

Teacher shortages continue to increase across the state despite small progress made last session via legislation that would allow alternative certification for special education teachers through the use of a “boot camp.”

Since the state Board of Education approved the boot camps in the spring, the department has approved five providers and offered two boot camps itself, serving just over 100 participants.

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OSU #1 In MBA Online Degree Programs
6:24 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Entrepreneurship Program Ranked The Best

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An Oklahoma State University online entrepreneurship program has been ranked the best in the nation.

Rankings published this month list the Master's in Entrepreneurship program offered by the School of Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business as the best in the nation for the second consecutive year.

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Teacher Evaluation
10:21 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Oklahoma Teacher Prep Commission Releases Survey Results

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A new survey from the Commission for Teacher Preparation performed by CTB shows that first year teachers, both those traditionally educated and those alternatively certified, feel overall they are prepared for classroom instruction.

The results were unveiled at the commission’s meeting Thursday. The survey, which was distributed to 2,059 first-year teachers across the state, assessed teachers’ challenges and strengths in the classroom.

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Guns
6:10 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

4th Grade Football Team Has Surprising Raffle Prize... A Gun

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A youth football program in northeastern Oklahoma is making waves over a fundraiser that raffled off tickets saying the winner would receive a handgun.

But the president of the volunteer program said the raffle was actually for a gift certificate to a gun store — not for a gun.

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Here & Now
1:21 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Oklahoma Public Schools Still Struggling To Recover From Recession

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new study out today from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that more than two-thirds of states are spending less per child on schools than they were five years ago.

Listen to Meghna Chakrabarti's conversation with Michael Leachman, director of state fiscal research with the State Fiscal Policy division of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and lead author of the report.

The report analyzed inflation-adjusted figures from Fiscal Year 2008 to 2014, and finds Oklahoma is spending nearly 23 percent less per child on schools than five years ago. 

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ProPublica
8:28 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Public Universities Ramp Up Aid For the Wealthy, Leaving The Poor Behind

Shauniqua Epps was accepted to three public colleges, but none gave her any aid. Increasingly, public universities have been shifting their aid away from the poor, leaving students like Epps with few options.
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This story from ProPublica was co-published with The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Shauniqua Epps was the sort of student that so many colleges say they want.

She was a high achiever, graduating from high school with a 3.8 GPA and ranking among the top students in her class. She served as secretary, then president, of the student government. She played varsity basketball and softball. Her high-school guidance counselor, in a letter of recommendation, wrote that Epps was "an unusual young lady" with "both drive and determination."

Epps, 19, was also needy.

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College Football
7:15 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

T. Boone Pickens Disappointed With Sports Illustrated

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Oklahoma State University megabooster T. Boone Pickens says he's disappointed with Sports Illustrated over the magazine's reports alleging wrongdoing at OSU.

The first of a five-part series released by Sports Illustrated Tuesday says players were paid thousands of dollars for at least a decade as the program grew into a national power under coaches Les Miles and Mike Gundy. OSU said it notified the NCAA about the report and began its own investigation.

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