education http://kgou.org en 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 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