education

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.

a school classroom with empty chairs
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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.

OU Professor Adapts To Digital Classroom

Nov 19, 2014
John Morgan / flikr

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

Oct 30, 2014
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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. 

(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.

John Cox and Joy Hofmeister met to discuss public education Oct. 19 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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