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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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Education
8:22 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

State Superintendent Candidates, Interim Study Looks At Alternative Testing Solutions

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The two candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction say that there is too much testing in the public schools at the same time members of the House Common Education Committee heard similar testimony in an interim study.

The Woodward News reports on a debate between the candidates.

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Oklahoma Watch
4:33 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Are Oklahoma Students College Ready?

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Test scores released for the SAT test this week would appear to show a majority of high school seniors are ready for college, but the test is an incomplete measure.

According to the 2014 SAT scores, 69 percent of students met the college-ready benchmark. The problem is that only 4.5 percent of graduating seniors, or 1,725 students, took the exam.

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2014 Elections
10:52 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Oklahoma Gubernatorial Candidates Focus On Education, State Finances In Debate

Democratic gubernatorial nominee and state Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs) and Republican incumbent Gov. Mary Fallin during the October 2, 2014 debate at Oklahoma State University.
OStateTV

Incumbent Republican Gov. Mary Fallin and Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs faced off Thursday night at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater in the only scheduled gubernatorial debate before the November 4 elections.

The two candidates focused on education and public safety issues and sparred over the current administration's handling of the economy.

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