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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

World Views: November 29, 2013

Listen to the entire November 29, 2013 episode.

Earlier this week a six-month deal was reached to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lighter economic sanctions. Rebecca Cruise joins Suzette Grillot to talk about the reaction among Saudis, Israelis, Americans, and Europeans.

Later, a conversation with LaNelma Johnson, whose Bahá’í faith led her and her family to India in 1971, where they taught children ages five to 18 at a small, rural school in Panchgani. Johnson told the story of her family’s 12 years in India in her memoir Okie in a Saree.

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World Views
3:34 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

Breaking Down India’s Caste System Through Education

LaNelma Johnson stands with villagers in Panchgani, India
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Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with LaNelma Johnson.

Forty-five years ago, LaNelma and Ray Johnson accepted the Bahá’í faith, and its tenet to serve humanity and the oneness of mankind. That desire took them to India in 1971, where they taught children ages five to 18 at a small, rural school in Panchgani.

“Some of the children were there because they were orphans, and some were there because they came from war-torn countries,” LaNelma Johnson says. “We really felt like we could do a service there with these children.”

Johnson told the story of her family’s 12 years in India in her memoir Okie in a Saree. The couple set out to consciously recruit female students from all over India, since they weren’t afforded the same educational opportunities as boys. India’s caste system had already been illegal for decades, but reforms were slow to trickle down to rural villages.

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A-F Report Cards
2:38 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Oklahoma Department Of Education Releases A-F School Grades

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The Oklahoma State Board of Education has voted unanimously to release newly-revised letter-grade report cards for public schools and districts in the state.

The board voted 5-0 Wednesday during a special meeting following a report by State Department of Education officials.

The grades show 354 schools received an A grade, 499 got a B, 472 received a C, 263 got a D, and 163 received an F.

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Common Core
9:47 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Common Core Losing Ground Among Some Oklahoma Lawmakers

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Parents, teachers and other education officials are expected to voice their concerns over a set of public education principles known as common core state standards.

A legislative hearing will be held Tuesday before a House committee on common core. There is growing opposition, especially among conservatives, to the standards that were approved in 2010 and are now being implemented by Oklahoma school districts.

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A-F Grades Flap
11:55 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Oklahoma School Grading Problems Continue

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The Oklahoma State Department of Education has confirmed local school leaders' accounts of significant fluctuations in preliminary A-F grades for schools.

Schools had a Monday deadline to request that the state correct or otherwise verify their new school grade cards. On Friday, State Superintendent Janet Barresi said her department needed up to two more weeks before asking the state Board of Education to finalize the report cards and release them publicly.

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2014 Elections
11:54 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Longtime Educator To Seek Oklahoma Superintendent's Post

State Superintendent for Public Instruction Candidate Freda Deskin
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A longtime educator, school administrator and former university dean is the latest candidate to announce plans to seek the state superintendent post currently held by first-term Republican Janet Barresi.

Democrat Freda Deskin formally launched her campaign on Monday with announcements in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. She was joined by Oklahoma's former First Lady Kim Henry, who is chairing her campaign.

Deskin was a public school teacher and administrator for 15 years, taught at the University of Oklahoma and was a dean at Oklahoma City University.

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Author Interviews
6:15 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Diane Ravitch Rebukes Education Activists' 'Reign Of Error'

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Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 7:11 am

Diane Ravitch, a former assistant secretary of education, spent years advocating for an overhaul of the American education system. She supported the No Child Left Behind Act, the charter school movement and standardized testing.

But Ravitch recently — and very publicly — changed her mind. She looked at the data and decided that the kinds of changes she'd supported weren't working. Now she's a prominent critic of things like charter schools and school choice — and she's particularly opposed to privatizing schools.

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Teacher Evaluation
10:21 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Oklahoma Teacher Prep Commission Releases Survey Results

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A new survey from the Commission for Teacher Preparation performed by CTB shows that first year teachers, both those traditionally educated and those alternatively certified, feel overall they are prepared for classroom instruction.

The results were unveiled at the commission’s meeting Thursday. The survey, which was distributed to 2,059 first-year teachers across the state, assessed teachers’ challenges and strengths in the classroom.

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Here & Now
1:21 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Oklahoma Public Schools Still Struggling To Recover From Recession

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new study out today from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that more than two-thirds of states are spending less per child on schools than they were five years ago.

Listen to Meghna Chakrabarti's conversation with Michael Leachman, director of state fiscal research with the State Fiscal Policy division of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and lead author of the report.

The report analyzed inflation-adjusted figures from Fiscal Year 2008 to 2014, and finds Oklahoma is spending nearly 23 percent less per child on schools than five years ago. 

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Education
5:38 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Missed Summer Learning Spells Out Long-Term Struggles

A researcher at Johns Hopkins University says there are serious setbacks for children without summer educational opportunities, known as the "summer slide."
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Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 6:52 pm

At first glance, Horizons looks like an ordinary summer getaway for kids: There are games, bonding time and lots of bagged snacks. But along with the songs and the pool, there are fractions to memorize and online grammar quizzes to take.

An affiliate of a national network, the program in Washington, D.C., is a six-week, free summer service for children from low-income families. Its purpose is simple: to make sure they don't fall behind in school by the time September rolls around.

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