World Views
2:52 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Oklahoma City Non-Profit Works To Connect Undocumented Students To Education

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While Akash Patel was still a senior at the University of Oklahoma he embarked on a research project for class credit that turned into a career.

“We found that there were a lot of immigrant students who were going through the public education system who were falling through the cracks,” Patel says. “They weren't going to college and some of them weren't finishing high school.”

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9:07 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

State Board Of Education Unveils Standards Creation Steering Committee

Chancellor for Higher Education Glen Johnson is a member of the new Standard's Creation Steering Committee.
Credit Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

The State Board of Education unveiled and approved the membership of the standard’s creation steering committee Thursday despite State Superintendent Janet Barresi’s attempt to amend the motion.

The steering committee will oversee the standards creation process approved earlier this summer after the repeal of Common Core standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts.

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8:46 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

State Board Of Education Tables Action On Testing Vendor

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State Board of Education members voted Thursday to table any action on rehiring a previously fired testing vendor for the upcoming winter testing period.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi said Thursday morning prior to the discussion that rehiring the testing vendor was “unavoidable.”

“It is indeed frustrating that we are in this situation,” Barresi said.

The State Board of Education ended its contract with CTB/McGraw-Hill earlier this summer after two years of testing disruptions.

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7:52 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Oklahoma To Join Civics Education Initiative

Sandra Day OConnor started the Civics Education Initiative.
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Oklahoma is one of seven states joining the push to add a civics exam requirement, despite efforts to try to reduce state-mandated testing in public schools.

Last week, state leaders -- among them Attorney General Scott Pruitt and U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn -- announced the state would join the Civics Education Initiative, an organized campaign to get every state to enact a civics test requirement by Sept. 17, 2017 -- the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

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Oklahoma Voices
1:43 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Fiscal Panelists: Anemic Education Funding May Cost Jobs

Part 1 of an ongoing series of Oklahoma Policy Institute panel discussions.
Credit Oklahoma Policy Institute


Education is a core service of Oklahoma’s state government, is woefully underfunded, and will cost the state future jobs if not addressed soon.

That’s the message of some panelists convened by the Oklahoma Policy Institute last month, which discussed Oklahoma’s burgeoning fiscal challenges.

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2:33 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

The NPR Ed Mailbag: Alternative Teacher Certification

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Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 6:48 pm

Last week I reported about Indiana's newest teaching license. Called a "career specialist" license, it allows anyone with a B.A., a B average, and three years of related work experience to become a middle or high school teacher just by passing a content test.

Overall, 1 in 5 teachers now enters the profession through nontraditional means — meaning other than by studying education in a four-year or master's program.

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Oklahoma Watch
1:26 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Can Foreign Countries Teach Oklahoma A Lesson About Education?

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How did Finland, South Korea and Poland become international leaders in education? How can the United States and Oklahoma learn from their models?

That question and ways to improve the teaching profession were the main topics of a “Teachers Matter” forum held in Oklahoma City Thursday. Speakers included author and journalist Amanda Ripley, teacher of the year Peter Markes, Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Robert Neu and Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard. The event was organized by Stand for Children, which advocates for stronger schools.

Ripley’s book, “The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way,” features an Oklahoma high school student who studied abroad in Finland, and it looks at what other nations have done with improve education.

Here are 10 key takeaways from the discussion:

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5:56 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Nature-Based Preschool To Open In Oklahoma City

Credit Natural Start Alliance

A new Oklahoma City preschool is staying away from plastic toys, serving only vegan and gluten-free food, and focusing on teaching children early about living a healthy lifestyle.

The idea behind The Green House appears to be catching on: Dozens of preschools are popping up nationwide that have a specific eco-friendly focus.

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Oklahoma Watch
6:08 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Poor Attendance Hurts Oklahoma Students’ Test Scores

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Missed class time means lower test scores for Oklahoma students, and large shares of students are missing class before taking a key national test, according to a new report released Tuesday.

About a quarter of Oklahoma's fourth and eighth graders missed at least three days of school in the month before they sat down to take a national assessment used to compare academic performance among states in 2013.

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Oklahoma News
2:36 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Religous School Choice Ruling Appealed

Attorney General Pruitt said a judge's ruling is discriminatory to religious schools and plans to appeal.
Credit Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt / Facebook

Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced Thursday that he will appeal a ruling invalidating a scholarship program for religiously affiliated schools.

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