education

Oklahoma Watch
2:02 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Limited Impact Expected In Oklahoma From Obama's Education Proposal

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President Obama called for a 2 percent increase in federal education funding while unveiling his budget proposal Tuesday, but little benefit is expected in Oklahoma.

During his presentation, Obama requested $68.6 billion in discretionary education funding. The proposal included no changes in current Title 1 spending, which funds programs for students from low-income families, or special education. Both programs combined take up 39 percent of proposed federal education funding.

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Oklahoma Watch
12:04 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

The Reading Scramble: Teachers Prep Third Graders For Read-Or-Fail

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Two years ago, when Oklahoma third-grade students took the state’s annual reading test, nearly 5,500 them, or 11 percent, failed.

Last year, the results were worse, despite a stepped-up focus on reading instruction: 12 percent of third graders scored at the lowest of four levels, unsatisfactory, meaning they were still reading at about a first-grade level.

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Oklahoma Watch
2:25 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

State Moves To Share Early-Childhood Data With Districts

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Oklahoma is often held up as the national poster child for offering early childhood education to many students.

But according to state officials and educators, the system has a serious weakness: Data about each student’s academic profile is not shared between early-childhood education program providers and school districts, or between providers. That can prevent kindergarten teachers from being able to immediately target students' learning needs when they arrive, officials say. It also prevents providers from doing the same when a child transfers from one program to another or is enrolled in more than one program.

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School Choice
9:42 am
Mon February 24, 2014

School-Choice Push: Education Savings Accounts And A ‘Parent Trigger’ Law

Oklahoma Rep. Jason Nelson (R-Oklahoma City)
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Four years ago, state Rep. Jason Nelson challenged the status quo in education by authoring the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Act. The measure allowed parents of special-needs students to use state dollars to pay private school tuition and other educational expenses. About 280 students are now participating.

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Education
2:27 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Panel OKs Teacher Pay Bills Despite Lack Of Funds

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Two bills to increase teacher pay have sailed through a House committee, although a projected shortage of revenue this year makes it's unlikely the measures will ever reach the governor's desk.

With educators from across the state packed into a committee room on Monday, a House budget panel unanimously approved the bills. They next will be scheduled for consideration by the full House Appropriations and Budget Committee.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:35 am
Mon February 17, 2014

VIDEO: Capitol Reporters Discuss Start Of 2014 Oklahoma Legislative Session

Left-to-right: OETA's Dick Pryor, KGOU News Director Kurt Gwartney, eCapitol News Director Shawn Ashley, KOSU Radio's Michael Cross, Sean Murphy from the Associated Press.
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The 2014 Oklahoma legislative session kicked off two weeks ago Monday, with an income tax cut, reduced agency budgets, repairing the state Capitol, and employee compensation all facing lawmakers as they return to NE 23rd Street and Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City.

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Education
9:32 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Oklahoma Lawmakers Criticize Student Lobbying

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Two Oklahoma lawmakers are criticizing several schools that decided to cancel class one day next month so teachers and students can attend a rally at the state Capitol.

Many districts, including those in Tulsa and Sand Springs, canceled classes March 31 for the Rally for Education. But Republican Reps. Jason Murphey of Guthrie and Mike Turner of Oklahoma City say public districts shouldn't use public resources to lobby the state for more funding.

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State Capitol
12:31 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Most Oklahoma Agencies To Take 5 Percent Cut To Make Up Budget Shortfall

Gov. Mary Fallin enters the House chamber of the state capitol shortly before delivering her 2014 State of the State address Monday.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Five percent.

That’s how much the governor is asking most entities in state government to cut their budgets. The number should not be much of a surprise. The amount of money available for state lawmakers to spend for the next fiscal year was already down about $171 million over the current year’s figure.

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Education
9:27 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Study: Oklahoma Ranks High In Academic Standards, Low On Achievement

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An annual report released Thursday by Education Week ranks Oklahoma high for its academic standards, but shows the state continues to underperform in student achievement and per pupil spending.

The Quality Counts report tracks key education indicators, including national exams, and grades the states on their performances and outcomes.

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Education
11:52 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Fallin Sets Common Core Standards Protections In Executive Order

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Gov. Mary Fallin has issued an executive order on the adoption of the federal Common Core Education Standards.

The governor says the order is intended to "prevent federal overreach" and protect student privacy.

READ FALLIN'S EXECUTIVE ORDER HERE

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