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Education
7:07 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Oklahoma Schools Get 1.2 Percent Increase In Per-Pupil Funding

Credit Nick Conroy / Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma schools are receiving their allocation for the new fiscal year, and districts are receiving an increase of about $38 per student.

The state Department of Education announced Wednesday it has released its allocations to school districts for the 2015 fiscal year.

The initial allocation is $3,077 per student, compared to $3,039 last year.

A budget agreement reached between Gov. Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma legislature this year resulted in an $80 million increase in funding for common education.

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Oklahoma Watch
11:46 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Information Scarce On ‘Dark Money’ Group In Superintendent Campaign

Brian Hardzinski KGOU

An independent expenditure group that paid for television advertisements opposing State Superintendent Janet Barresi in last month’s primary has not filed required spending reports with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.

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Education
8:20 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Oklahoma City Schools Sign Presidential Education Pledge

Credit Nick Conroy / Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma City Public Schools is among 60 of the nation’s largest districts throwing their support behind a presidential initiative meant to ensure more students of color are succeeding academically.

While promoting his initiative Monday, President Barack Obama said 60 districts signed a pledge to participate in the initiative called My Brother’s Keeper. Obama first unveiled the program in February.

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.

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Education
7:15 am
Thu July 17, 2014

UPDATE: Fallin's Office Says Barresi Will Not Be Secretary Of Education

Gov. Mary Fallin and State Superintendent Janet Barresi
Oklahoma State Department of Education

This post was updated at 12:36 CDT 

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.

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Education
6:21 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Oklahoma Common Core Lawsuit To Be Heard Tuesday

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.

The Court may have the last word in whether the state will retain the Common Core stands after Justices hear oral arguments Tuesday.

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Education
8:00 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Online Resource Site For American Indian Education

Oklahoma Indian Education Resource
Credit Oklahoma Department of Education

Many people packed into the State Department of Education board room Friday afternoon to see the unveiling of the Oklahoma Indian Education Resource website.

The website hosts an abundance of materials to aid teachers in educating students about the Indian heritage and history.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi said the site is “the result of the diligence of quite a few people over many, many years.”

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Oklahoma Politics
1:23 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Dorman Unveils "Classrooms First" Education Proposal

Democratic candidate for governor Joe Dorman talks about his "Classrooms First" education plan Thursday after being introduced by state Rep. Eric Proctor (left).

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 1:18 pm

Gov. Mary Fallin’s Democratic challenger wants to boost per-pupil spending on education by $50 by using the state’s franchise tax as a funding source.

"This will be set aside and earmarked completely for classroom funding," state Rep. Joe Dorman said Thursday at a news conference. "This will not go to salaries. It will not go to administrative costs. It will go to the tools needed by educators to educate those students to the level where they can achieve their highest potential."

There was a moratorium on franchise tax collections from 2010 to 2013. ​

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Oklahoma Watch
7:00 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Is Oklahoma Spending Too Much On School Administration?

The population of Le Flore County in southeastern Oklahoma is less than a tenth of Oklahoma County’s population. Yet Le Flore has 17 school districts compared to Oklahoma County’s 15.

At Reydon 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  $260,000.

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.

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Primary Elections
8:23 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Barresi Loans Campaign $910,000 In Personal Funds Last Month

State Superintendent Janet Barresi
Nate Robson Oklahoma Watch

The most recent campaign finance reports show State Superintendent Janet Barresi loaned her reelection campaign nearly $1 million in personal funds last month. Barresi's campaign manager told The Oklahoman's Nolan Clay the loans are necessary to counter negative attacks by her opponents.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:15 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Two Of Oklahoma’s Major Philanthropies Stay Grounded Through Local Focus

Oklahoma first lady Kim Henry, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry and Inasmuch Foundation President and Chairman of Oklahoma City Educare Bob Ross with children and a teacher at the dedication of Oklahoma City Educare, 2009.
Lisa Lloyd Saxum

A 2012 study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked Oklahoma 11th in terms of generosity, with a typical Oklahoma household putting about 5.6 percent of its discretionary income toward charitable giving. 

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