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Education
7:49 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

PASS Standards "College and Career Ready," But Not Perfect

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The process and findings of a review of Priority Academic Student Skills standards by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Southern Regional Education Board was presented Thursday before the Oklahoma Standards Steering Committee, revealing some recommended changes. 

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Oklahoma Voices
11:02 am
Mon October 27, 2014

The Turnaround Challenge For Oklahoma City Public Schools

(L-R) Oklahoma Watch executive editor David Fritze, Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Robert Neu, and Associate Superintendent Aurora Lora
Oklahoma Watch

By any measure, Oklahoma City Public Schools is struggling.

Many schools are underperforming. Thousands of students are falling short in reading or math. Teachers are stressed and say they are underpaid, leading to constant turnover.

Superintendent Rob Neu and Associate Superintendent Aurora Lora spoke to those issues and others at an “Oklahoma Watch-Out” community forum Sept. 30 near downtown Oklahoma City.

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Education
7:33 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Race For Superintendent Comes Down To Undecided Voters

John Cox and Joy Hofmeister met to discuss public education Sunday at Norman's Santa Fe Depot
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

In this year’s midterm elections, Oklahomans have already made up their minds on many of the candidates. But when it comes to the race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, things aren’t so cut and dry. The race for the head education position may be chosen by a group of still-undecided voters.

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Education
8:38 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Senate Discusses Expanding Virtual Coursework

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The Legislature may add responsibilities to the Statewide Vitural Charter School Board in the form of oversight of virtual course selection for Oklahoma school districts through potential legislation, Sen. Gary Stanislawski said Monday.

Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, said in an Interim Study S14-23 evaluating virtual courses offered in schools that he is considering proposed legislation to increase online coursework available to Oklahoma students. 

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Education
7:13 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Superintendent Candidates Endorse Teacher Pay Hike

John Cox and Joy Hofmeister at a public forum on October 19 in Norman.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

The Republican and Democratic contenders to become Oklahoma's top education official both are endorsing pay raises for teachers and a reduction in the number of tests public school students must take every year. 

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Education
11:12 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Superintendent Candidates Cox, Hofmeister Continue Series Of Debates In Norman

Democratic superintendent canddiate John Cox and Republican nominee Joy Hofmeister exchange words during Sunday's debate at the Norman Depot.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

The two candidates for the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction met for a debate Sunday afternoon in Norman.

Both Democrat John Cox and Republican Joy Hofmeister said they oppose the A-F grading system for public schools, and mentioned their dislike of the Common Core. Cox said he wants to see new education standards created by the state.

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Education
7:50 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Oklahoma State Board Of Education To Consider New Testing Vendor

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The Oklahoma Board of Education is expected to consider a sole-source contract with a testing vendor to conduct about 50,000 end-of-instruction tests for high school students this winter.

The board is holding a special meeting Friday in Oklahoma City to consider a contract with Measured Progress to conduct the testing. State Department of Education officials say the contract will be for between $3.3 million and $3.5 million.

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Education
10:33 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Oklahoma's Education Funding Remains Below 2008 Pre-Recession Levels

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

A new study shows Oklahoma's per-student education funding from the Legislature is more than 23 percent below where it was in 2008, more than any other state.

The Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released figures on Thursday that show Oklahoma is among at least 30 states providing less per-pupil funding for grades K-12 now than before the start of the recession.

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Education
7:54 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Oklahoma Regents To Vote On Education Standards

Chase Cook Oklahoma Watch

Even if Oklahoma's outdated education standards are determined to properly prepare students for college, state officials say there's little they can do this school year to regain control of federal funding stripped from the state.

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Oklahoma Watch
6:30 am
Wed October 15, 2014

In Education, Do Parents Matter?

Henderson Harris (right) talks with Jannett Taylor at a GEAR UP event in Oklahoma City. Harris, whose daughter attends Douglas High School, and Taylor, who’s granddaughter attends Douglas, are looking to increase the number of participants in the school’s Parent-Teacher-Student Association.
Credit Nate Robson / Oklahoma Watch

At John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City, only 22 percent of parents attended a parent-teacher conference in 2012-2013, state records show.

In Tulsa, just 4 percent of parents at Central Junior High School made at least one parent-teacher meeting – the lowest rate in the district.

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