education

Joy Hofmeister Wants To Improve Public Education

Jan 25, 2015

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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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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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.

The Guidance Counselor Crisis

Jan 16, 2015

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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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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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.

Board Of Education Suspends Charter School’s Funding

Dec 20, 2014
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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.

State Schools Superintendent Janet Barresi speaks about the federal government's denial of an NCLB waiver extension.
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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.

Participation In Academic Scholar's Program Declines

Dec 4, 2014
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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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