Author Interviews
10:01 am
Fri February 6, 2015

On Board A City Bus, A Little Boy Finds The Route To Gratitude

"Nana, how come we don't have a car?" CJ asks. "Boy, what do we need a car for?" Nana replies. "We got a bus that breathes fire."
Christian Robinson Courtesy of Penguin Random House Publishing

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 9:15 am

Last Stop on Market Street is a new picture book that takes children on a journey, not to an imaginary land far, far away but to a much more real place by way of a city bus. CJ is riding with his grandmother, Nana, and along the way, he encounters a variety of passengers — a man covered in tattoos, an elderly woman with a jar of butterflies, a blind man and his guide dog, teens listening to music.

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Oklahoma News
12:28 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Tulsa Public Schools Hires Deborah Gist As Superintendent

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has started contract negotiations to become the schools superintendent in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Tulsa School Board voted to authorize contract negotiations Monday night.

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9:16 am
Fri January 30, 2015

New Education Budget Proposal Trims Millions, Hofmeister Joins Standards Panel

Joy Hofmeister speaks during an Oct. 19, 2014 state superintendent debate in Norman.
Credit Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

The State Board of Education approved a revised fiscal year 2016 budget Thursday that reflects a reduction of nearly $75 million from the previously approved budget under the leadership of former State Superintendent Janet Barresi.

The new proposed budget includes a $5,000 teacher pay raise over a five year period as well as an addition of five instructional days to the school year. The proposal, branded as #OKHigh5, was brought forward by new State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister.

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12:24 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Bill Would Repeal Requirement For End Of Instruction Exams

Credit timlewisnm / Flickr Creative Commons

An Oklahoma lawmaker has filed legislation to replace time-consuming end-of-instruction testing in public schools.

The bill by Rep. David Perryman of Chickasha would repeal the requirement that Oklahoma secondary-school students take an end-of-instruction exam to demonstrate their knowledge of academic subjects in order to graduate from a public high school. Instead, students would take the nationally accepted American College Test to demonstrate their proficiency.

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8:00 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Hofmeister Unveils Five-Year Education Plan

Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma State Schools Superintendent
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Oklahoma's newly elected Superintendent of Public Instruction is unveiling a new five-year plan to give Oklahoma teachers a $5,000 pay raise over the next five years, along with an additional five days of instruction to the school year, also added over five years.

Republican Joy Hofmeister announced the plan on Monday, saying increased teacher pay is critically important in addressing a significant teacher shortage in Oklahoma. The first year of the proposal would cost the state about $150 million.

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8:27 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Joy Hofmeister Wants To Improve Public Education

New State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister faces big challenges in the effort to improve Oklahoma’s public education.

A recently released report ranks Oklahoma 48th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia for the quality of education provided to students.

Oklahoma education faces financial challenges and growing teacher shortages.


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4:44 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

New State Superintendent Hofmeister Fills Policy Research Post

Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma State Schools Superintendent
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New Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister has named a longtime educator from the Oklahoma City area as the first person to take a leadership position in her administration.

Hofmeister said Thursday that Robyn Miller will oversee policy research and development as well as teacher quality initiatives for the state Department of Education.

Miller comes to the agency from Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, where she has served as chair of the School of Education since 2007.

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1:03 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Natalie Shirley Appointed Secretary Of Education And Workforce Development

Natalie Shirley
Credit Provided / Gov. Mary Fallin's Office

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has named Natalie Shirley secretary of education and workforce development.

Shirley has been president of Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City since 2011 and is the first female president in the OSU system. Fallin named her to the cabinet secretary's post Thursday and she will begin serving in the position on Monday.

Fallin says one of her top priorities for 2015 is to increase educational attainment in Oklahoma and that Shirley will lead the way for providing the skills people need to get a good job.

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1:36 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

The Guidance Counselor Crisis

Trenton Central High School guidance counselor Miriam Mendez, left, helps senior Daniel Guadron with paperwork after she brought him to Mercer County Community College to take a college entrance exam in West Windsor, N.J. Guadron, a straight A student who emigrated from Guatemala at age 13, was held from April to the end of October 2008 at an immigration detention center in Elizabeth, N.J. (Mel Evans/AP)

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 1:00 pm

While a lot is made of overcrowded classrooms and slashed funding for arts, sports and electives, Americans are less likely to be up in arms about a severe shortage of guidance counselors in schools around the country.

According to the Association for College Admission Counseling, the average American school now has one guidance counselor for every 500 students. In some places the ratio is far more dire — nearly 1,000 kids for every counselor. In the worst cases, there are none at all.

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6:22 am
Sun January 11, 2015

Oklahoma PTA Planning March Rally At The Capitol

The education rally at the Oklahoma Capitol in March, 2014.
Credit Gov. Mary Fallin / Facebook

The leader of Oklahoma's largest PTA group says he expects as many as 50,000 people to attend an education rally on the grounds of the state Capitol.

Oklahoma Parent-Teacher Association President Jeffery Corbett says he has reached out to school district leaders in hopes they will take part in the March 30 rally.

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