Oklahoma Voices
5:00 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Oklahoma Education Leaders List Challenges And Goals During Norman State Of Schools

Moore Norman Technology Center Superintendent Jane Bowen speaks during the 2014 Norman State of Schools luncheon.
Credit Norman Chamber of Commerce

Norman community and business leaders heard presentations on the current state of affairs, growing challenges, and future plans for both Norman Public Schools system and the Moore Norman Technology Center during Friday’s annual Norman State of Schools luncheon at the Marriott Conference Center at NCED.

Moore Norman Technology Center Superintendent Jane Bowen cited statistics showing a growing gap between employer’s needs and workforce skill sets and preparation.  

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2014 Elections
11:09 am
Mon November 3, 2014

State Superintendent Candidates Spar Over Qualifications In Debate

Democratic superintendent canddiate John Cox and Republican nominee Joy Hofmeister during Tuesday's debate at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa.

With just a week before the November 4 general election, Republican Joy Hofmeister and Democrat John Cox set out to differentiate themselves last night in one of the final debates in the race for Oklahoma’s top education office.

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7:49 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

PASS Standards "College and Career Ready," But Not Perfect

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The process and findings of a review of Priority Academic Student Skills standards by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Southern Regional Education Board was presented Thursday before the Oklahoma Standards Steering Committee, revealing some recommended changes. 

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Oklahoma Voices
11:02 am
Mon October 27, 2014

The Turnaround Challenge For Oklahoma City Public Schools

(L-R) Oklahoma Watch executive editor David Fritze, Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Robert Neu, and Associate Superintendent Aurora Lora
Oklahoma Watch

By any measure, Oklahoma City Public Schools is struggling.

Many schools are underperforming. Thousands of students are falling short in reading or math. Teachers are stressed and say they are underpaid, leading to constant turnover.

Superintendent Rob Neu and Associate Superintendent Aurora Lora spoke to those issues and others at an “Oklahoma Watch-Out” community forum Sept. 30 near downtown Oklahoma City.

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7:33 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Race For Superintendent Comes Down To Undecided Voters

John Cox and Joy Hofmeister met to discuss public education Sunday at Norman's Santa Fe Depot
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

In this year’s midterm elections, Oklahomans have already made up their minds on many of the candidates. But when it comes to the race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, things aren’t so cut and dry. The race for the head education position may be chosen by a group of still-undecided voters.

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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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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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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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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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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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