Oklahoma Watch
5:06 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Oklahoma Ranks Among Worst In Education Outcomes Report

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A new report finds Oklahoma is near the bottom of the list nationally on the quality of education it provides to students.

Education Week’s “Quality Counts” report card, released Thursday, ranked Oklahoma’s education system 48th out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The annual report, which changed this year to focus more on educational outcomes, looked at academic achievement, school funding and the chance for success students have when they grow up.

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6:54 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Board Of Education Suspends Charter School’s Funding

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The State Board of Education has suspended its funding to Alexis Rainbow Arts Academy until it has provided the board with a variety of records and financial reports.

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8:36 am
Fri December 19, 2014

22-Year Error To Impact Oklahoma School Funding

Oklahoma state superintendent Janet Barresi
Nate Robson Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma's school's superintendent says miscalculations in the state's school funding formula since 1992 will soon cause a number of mid-year adjustments worth millions of dollars.

The Tulsa World reported Friday a Ponca City school official had noted that a state law caps agricultural and commercial personal property taxes at 11 percent. State Superintendent Janet Barresi said the cap has not been in place.

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6:27 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Participation In Academic Scholar's Program Declines

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The number of students currently enrolled in the state's Academic Scholar's Program (ASP) has fallen by 57 students since fall 2012, according to a report approved Thursday by Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

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12:52 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

In The Chaos of A Crowded Bar, Lessons For A Special Ed Teacher

Vickie Walker, a special education teacher and bartender, looks forward to a day when she can wake up on the weekends with nothing to do.
LA Johnson NPR

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 1:42 pm

The NPR Ed team is discovering what teachers do when they're not teaching. Artist? Carpenter? Quidditch player? Explore our Secret Lives of Teachers series.

It's late and the bar is packed. In the darkness of the club, people bob and sway to the DJ's bass-heavy electronic music. The show is about to begin at Washington, D.C.'s famous 9:30 Club.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:00 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Economists Optimistic About Oklahoma Growth, Worried About Inaction On Roads, Teacher Pay

Left-to-right: Economists Robert Dauffenbach, Russell Evans, Mickey Hepner, and Dan Rickman during a panel discussion moderated by Oklahoma City advertising executive Rhonda Hooper
Carrie Snodgrass Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

Several economists praised Oklahoma's metro areas as engines of growth, but criticized state leaders for failing to plan for the long term.

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Oklahoma News
1:39 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Oklahoma 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver To Be Reinstated

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Oklahoma officials say the federal government will restore the state's flexibility to decide how to use $29 million in public school funding.

The state Board of Education said in a statement that the U.S. Department of Education would announce Monday afternoon it is reinstating a waiver from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Oklahoma lost its waiver this year after the state dropped Common Core standards and didn't certify that the replacement guidelines made students ready for college or the workplace.

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Assignment: Radio
9:23 am
Wed November 19, 2014

OU Professor Adapts To Digital Classroom

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When they are not in class, college students always seem to be typing a text on their smart phones as they walk around the University of Oklahoma campus.

Certainly, technology has become an integral part of people’s daily lives with so many platforms --Twitter, Facebook and website and blogs – so many new ways of expression through social networking and the Internet.

This change affects everything, from social situations to business transactions, and for many, if you are not using digital devises, then you are in the dark ages.

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11:51 am
Wed November 12, 2014

5 Oklahoma Schools Named National Blue Ribbon Schools

National Blue Ribbon Schools
Credit US Dept of Education

Five Oklahoma schools have been honored by the U.S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan recognized the schools at a ceremony Tuesday in Washington. The program honors schools for overall academic excellence or progress made in closing achievements gaps.

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7:27 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

New Legislation Requires High School Students To Receive CPR Training

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Beginning the 2015-2016 school year, a new state law requires high school students to receive Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training in order to graduate. 

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