education http://kgou.org en Is Oklahoma Spending Too Much On School Administration? http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-spending-too-much-school-administration <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The population of Le </span>Flore<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County in southeastern Oklahoma is less than a tenth of Oklahoma County’s population. Yet Le </span>Flore<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has 17 school districts compared to Oklahoma County’s 15.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At </span>Reydon<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Public Schools in western Oklahoma, the superintendent makes $116,000 a year, including benefits, to oversee one of the smallest districts in the state, at 124 students. That’s $936 per student, compared to $6 for Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard, the highest paid superintendent this year, making&nbsp; $260,000.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">For years, conservative legislators and others have decried what they say are high administrative costs in Oklahoma districts and schools. They say the state’s K-12 system is top-heavy and wasteful. And they point to this as a reason not to increase Oklahoma’s per-pupil funding to levels found in most other states, and to expand school-choice options such as charter schools.</p><p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Nate Robson 32291 at http://kgou.org Is Oklahoma Spending Too Much On School Administration? Barresi Loans Campaign $910,000 In Personal Funds Last Month http://kgou.org/post/barresi-loans-campaign-910000-personal-funds-last-month <p>The most recent campaign finance reports show State Superintendent <a href="http://www.janetbarresi.com/">Janet Barresi</a> loaned her reelection campaign nearly $1 million in personal funds last month. Barresi's campaign manager <a href="http://newsok.com/janet-barresi-loaned-her-campaign-nearly-1m-in-last-month/article/4927181">told <em>The Oklahoman's</em> Nolan Clay</a> the loans are necessary to counter negative attacks by her opponents.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:23:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 31577 at http://kgou.org Barresi Loans Campaign $910,000 In Personal Funds Last Month Two Of Oklahoma’s Major Philanthropies Stay Grounded Through Local Focus http://kgou.org/post/two-oklahoma-s-major-philanthropies-stay-grounded-through-local-focus <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A </span><a href="http://philanthropy.com/section/How-America-Gives/621?cid=megamenu" style="line-height: 1.5;">2012 study</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> by the Chronicle of Philanthropy </span><a href="http://philanthropy.com/article/Sharing-the-Wealth-How-the/133605/" style="line-height: 1.5;">ranked Oklahoma 11<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in terms of generosity, with a typical Oklahoma household putting about 5.6 percent of its discretionary income toward charitable giving.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:15:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 31423 at http://kgou.org Two Of Oklahoma’s Major Philanthropies Stay Grounded Through Local Focus Virtual Charter School Board Faces Staffing, Funding Bind http://kgou.org/post/virtual-charter-school-board-faces-staffing-funding-bind <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 22.69499969482422px;">The Statewide Virtual Charter School Board may be left in a bind this upcoming school year due to unclear language in the bill that created it. </span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 02:11:00 +0000 eCapitol & Christie Southern 31069 at http://kgou.org Virtual Charter School Board Faces Staffing, Funding Bind Common Core Repeal Heats Up Primary Race http://kgou.org/post/common-core-repeal-heats-primary-race <p><font color="red" style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15.9375px;">Oklahoma</font><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15.9375px;">&nbsp;Governor Mary </span>Fallin's<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15.9375px;"> decision to set aside Common Core education standards further heats up an already-hot race for state schools superintendent.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15.9375px;">Fallin signed a bill Thursday repealing standards set to take effect in August.&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;returns to guidelines in place before 2010, but will set new ones.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15.9375px;">Both Fallin and incumbent state superintendent Janet Barresi initially supported Common Core but changed their positions. Even before the bill was passed, Barresi drew two GOP challengers this year. Conservatives have said they fear Common Core allows too much federal influence over state schools.</p><p> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 13:49:39 +0000 Associated Press & KGOU Staff 30903 at http://kgou.org Common Core Repeal Heats Up Primary Race Oklahoma House Committee Approves Common Core Repealer http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-house-committee-approves-common-core-repealer <p>The bill that would repeal use of the Common Core state standards in Oklahoma was signed out of the House Common Education Conference Committee Wednesday.</p><p>State Rep. <a href="http://www.okhouse.gov/District.aspx?District=87">Jason Nelson</a> (R-Oklahoma City), who presented the bill for House Speaker <a href="http://www.okhouse.gov/District.aspx?District=58">Jeff Hickman</a> (R-Fairview), said the bill would prohibit implementation of Common Core and sets up a “firewall” that would cease federal or private control of education.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 16:27:00 +0000 eCapitol 29803 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma House Committee Approves Common Core Repealer Panel Explores How To Make History Vital To 21st Century Education http://kgou.org/post/panel-explores-how-make-history-vital-21st-century-education <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During the University of Oklahoma’s 2014 “Teach-In on the Civil War,” </span><a href="http://teachin.ou.edu/speakers/" style="line-height: 1.5;">each speaker</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> gathered on stage for a panel discussion about Freedom in America and Civic Education, moderated by OU interim provost and director of the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage </span><a href="https://www.ou.edu/content/provost/harper" style="line-height: 1.5;">Kyle Harper</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 29547 at http://kgou.org Panel Explores How To Make History Vital To 21st Century Education $80 Million K-12 Increase May Have Limited Impact On Per-Pupil Funding http://kgou.org/post/80-million-k-12-increase-may-have-limited-impact-pupil-funding <p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Oklahoma could add $80 million to K-12 education funding in a budget deal announced by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ok.gov/triton/modules/newsroom/newsroom_article.php?id=223&amp;article_id=14201" style="color: rgb(53, 135, 212);">Gov. Mary Fallin Friday</a>, but it’s unclear how it will impact Oklahoma’s per-pupil funding levels.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 15:47:00 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Nate Robson 29548 at http://kgou.org $80 Million K-12 Increase May Have Limited Impact On Per-Pupil Funding Oklahoma City Schools Launch Plan To Improve Third Grade Reading Skills http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-city-schools-launch-plan-improve-third-grade-reading-skills <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">The&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">Oklahoma</font><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">&nbsp;City School District is launching new programs to help third-grade students after state assessments showed low scores in reading.</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&n Thu, 15 May 2014 16:57:54 +0000 Associated Press 29311 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma City Schools Launch Plan To Improve Third Grade Reading Skills A Recap Of Monday's Vote On Oklahoma Reading Retention Bill http://kgou.org/post/recap-mondays-vote-oklahoma-reading-retention-bill <p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5;">Three days after it was announced that nearly 8,000 Oklahoma students are at risk of repeating the third grade for failing the state’s reading test, lawmakers voted to change the state’s retention requirements.</span></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 18:02:00 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Nate Robson 29148 at http://kgou.org A Recap Of Monday's Vote On Oklahoma Reading Retention Bill