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Education
8:38 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Lawmakers Hear Presentations On State Education Funding Levels

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Oklahoma educators and other local community members told lawmakers Tuesday they want to send a message to Congress to fully fund a federal program that provides impact aid to Oklahoma schools.

The group voiced their concerns before the House Appropriations and Budget subcommittee on Common Education at the request of Rep. Dan Fisher, R-El Reno.

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Education
11:31 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Vendor Drops Out From Oklahoma Bidding Process

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Oklahoma education officials say the testing vendor CTB/McGraw Hill has withdrawn itself from consideration for a new contract for Oklahoma's winter exams.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education announced Monday that the company would withdraw from the bidding process. Last week, the Oklahoma State Board of Education delayed action on the no-bid contract amid criticism over CTB/McGraw Hill's performance on the standardized tests over the past two years.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:08 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Colleagues Reflect On Gov. Henry Bellmon's Education Legacy

Henry Bellmon, Oklahoma's 18th and 23rd governor and two-term U.S. Senator
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s first Republican governor is considered an architect of the state’s hallmark education movement.

Both opponents and allies of Henry Bellmon described him as the moving force for the 1990 passage of House Bill 1017 that mandated better teacher pay, smaller class sizes and curriculum reform.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Oklahoma School Officials Frustrated With Changes

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Oklahoma school administrators remain frustrated by the Legislature's decision to repeal rigorous Common Core academic standards for public school students weeks before they were to go into effect.

Their frustration intensified when federal officials denied Oklahoma the authority to decide how to spend millions of federal education dollars. Federal officials said Oklahoma could not demonstrate its current standards help students become college- and-career-ready.

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Intelligence Squared U.S.
12:00 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core?

Education experts faced off on the motion "Embrace the Common Core" at an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate, moderated by John Donvan (center).
Samuel LaHoz Intelligence Squared U.S.

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 1:10 pm

More than 40 states have adopted the Common Core State Standards, new national academic benchmarks in reading and math. But the Common Core has become the center of a highly contentious debate nationwide.

Proponents say the Common Core was designed to ensure that children, no matter where they go to school, are prepared to succeed in college or the workplace upon graduation. Opponents argue that many of the standards are not age- or development-appropriate, and that they constrain the ability of teachers to adjust their teaching to their individual classrooms.

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Education
10:52 am
Sun September 28, 2014

OKC Superintendent, Associate To Appear At Public Forum

Rob Neu, Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent
Credit Oklahoma City Public Schools

The public will get a chance to question new Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Rob Neu about his policies and goals for the district during a public forum on education Tuesday.

Neu is in his third month as Oklahoma City’s superintendent, but has already drawn attention with plans to increase teacher pay, implement more technology in the classroom and enact a student-loan forgiveness program for University of Central Oklahoma students who teach in the district for three years. He and new Associate Superintendent Aurora Lora, who will also appear at the forum, have said they wish to provide more support to principals and teachers and strengthen the curriculum.

The forum, organized by non-profit investigate news organization Oklahoma Watch, will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Kamps 1910 Café, 10 NE 10th St., in Oklahoma City.

Neu, who was hired to replaced interim Superintendent Dave Lopez in July, previously was superintendent for Federal Way Public Schools near Seattle.

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Education
7:36 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Oklahoma PTA Joins Call For Resignation Of Superintendent Barresi

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi
Credit Oklahoma Department of Education

Oklahoma Parent Teacher Association joined the movement of those publicly calling for resignation of State Superintendent Janet Barresi.

In a statement Friday, President Jeffery Corbett said, “State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Janet Barresi, has continued to erode the relationship between the State Department of Education and the school boards, administrators, teachers and parents of Oklahoma’s public schools.”

Corbett accused Barresi of stifling parents voice by supporting the Reading Sufficiency Act and rolling out the “flawed” A-F grading system.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

World Views: September 26, 2014

Joshua Landis provides an update on airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, and U.S. strategy to combat the Islamic State.

Later, a conversation with Akash Patel, the founder and executive director of the Aspiring Americans Initiative. His Oklahoma City-based non-profit works to connect undocumented students with educational opportunities.

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World Views
2:52 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Oklahoma City Non-Profit Works To Connect Undocumented Students To Education

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While Akash Patel was still a senior at the University of Oklahoma he embarked on a research project for class credit that turned into a career.

“We found that there were a lot of immigrant students who were going through the public education system who were falling through the cracks,” Patel says. “They weren't going to college and some of them weren't finishing high school.”

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Education
9:07 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

State Board Of Education Unveils Standards Creation Steering Committee

Chancellor for Higher Education Glen Johnson is a member of the new Standard's Creation Steering Committee.
Credit Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

The State Board of Education unveiled and approved the membership of the standard’s creation steering committee Thursday despite State Superintendent Janet Barresi’s attempt to amend the motion.

The steering committee will oversee the standards creation process approved earlier this summer after the repeal of Common Core standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts.

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