education http://kgou.org en Oklahoma Schools Get 1.2 Percent Increase In Per-Pupil Funding http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-schools-get-12-percent-increase-pupil-funding <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 15.9375px;">Oklahoma schools are receiving their allocation for the new fiscal year, and districts are receiving an increase of about $38 per student.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 15.9375px;">The state Department of Education announced Wednesday it has released its allocations to school districts for the 2015 fiscal year.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:07:32 +0000 Associated Press 34018 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma Schools Get 1.2 Percent Increase In Per-Pupil Funding Information Scarce On ‘Dark Money’ Group In Superintendent Campaign http://kgou.org/post/information-scarce-dark-money-group-superintendent-campaign <p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">An independent expenditure group that paid for television advertisements opposing State Superintendent <a href="http://ok.gov/sde/about/janet-barresi">Janet Barresi</a> in last month’s primary has not filed required spending reports with the <a href="http://www.ok.gov/oec/">Oklahoma Ethics Commission</a>.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:46:48 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Clifton Adcock 33979 at http://kgou.org Information Scarce On ‘Dark Money’ Group In Superintendent Campaign Oklahoma City Schools Sign Presidential Education Pledge http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-city-schools-sign-presidential-education-pledge <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5;">Oklahoma City Public Schools is among&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.cgcs.org/cms/lib/DC00001581/Centricity/Domain/4/Males%20of%20Color%20Initiative--Press%20Release_Pledge.pdf" style="font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(53, 135, 212);">60 of the nation’s largest districts</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;throwing their support behind a presidential initiative meant to ensure more students of color are succeeding academically.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5;">While promoting his initiative Monday,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/21/education/obamas-my-brothers-keeper-education-program-expands.html" style="font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(53, 135, 212);">President Barack Obama said 60 districts</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;signed a pledge to participate in the initiative called&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/my-brothers-keeper#section-about-my-brothers-keeper" style="font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(53, 135, 212);">My Brother’s Keeper</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5;">. Obama first unveiled the program in February.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">The goal of the initiative is to improve graduation rates among black and Hispanic male students, improve academic performance and ensure students are ready for college or the workforce.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:20:59 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Nate Robson 33857 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma City Schools Sign Presidential Education Pledge UPDATE: Fallin's Office Says Barresi Will Not Be Secretary Of Education http://kgou.org/post/update-fallins-office-says-barresi-will-not-be-secretary-education <p><em><strong>This post was updated at 12:36 CDT&nbsp;</strong></em></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Mary Fallin’s office has offered its strongest rebuke yet to rumors that Superintendent Janet Barresi could be the state’s next secretary of education.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:15:40 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Oklahoma Watch & Nate Robson 33566 at http://kgou.org UPDATE: Fallin's Office Says Barresi Will Not Be Secretary Of Education Oklahoma Common Core Lawsuit To Be Heard Tuesday http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-common-core-lawsuit-be-heard-tuesday <p>A lawsuit challenging the Legislature's repeal of Common Core education standards for English and math is being scrutinized by Oklahoma's highest court just one month before public school students are scheduled to return to the classroom.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Court may have the last word in whether the state will retain the Common Core stands after Justices hear oral arguments Tuesday.</span></p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:21:32 +0000 Associated Press & KGOU Staff 33298 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma Common Core Lawsuit To Be Heard Tuesday Online Resource Site For American Indian Education http://kgou.org/post/online-resource-site-american-indian-education <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 22.69499969482422px;">Many people packed into the State Department of Education board room Friday afternoon to see the unveiling of the Oklahoma Indian Education Resource website. </span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 22.69499969482422px;">The website hosts an abundance of materials to aid teachers in educating students about the Indian heritage and history. </span></p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 eCapitol 33213 at http://kgou.org Online Resource Site For American Indian Education Dorman Unveils "Classrooms First" Education Proposal http://kgou.org/post/dorman-unveils-classrooms-first-education-proposal <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Democratic candidate for governor Joe Dorman talks about his &quot;Classrooms First&quot; education plan Thursday after being introduced by state Rep. Eric Proctor (left)." data-attribution="Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwgs/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/dorman_and_proctor.JPG" alt="" /><p>Gov. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:23:46 +0000 Matt Trotter 33084 at http://kgou.org Dorman Unveils "Classrooms First" Education Proposal 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