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Central Oklahoma’s Back-To-School Activities

Aug 1, 2014
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Summer break is coming to a close, and central Oklahoma has some back-to-school events for you.

a school classroom with empty chairs
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The Oklahoma Department of Health is urging parents to avoid the last-minute scramble and long lines by getting their children's birth certificates now as they prepare to enroll their children in school.

Health Department officials say many parents wait to obtain the birth certificates until August, which is typically the busiest time to obtain them. Parents can avoid the rush and by contacting facilities in Oklahoma City, Tulsa or McAlester to obtain their children's birth records.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi
Oklahoma Department of Education

 Oklahoma's Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi is outlining the agency's request for nearly $175 million in new funding for public schools in next year's budget.

Barresi testified Thursday before a House budget subcommittee responsible for overseeing funding for K-12 schools in Oklahoma.

The Department of Education received about $2.4 billion appropriation for the current fiscal year. The agency is requesting $2.57 billion for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

When high school junior Nora Huynh got her report card, she was devastated to see that she didn't get a perfect 4.0.

Nora "had a total meltdown, cried for hours," her mother, Jennie Huynh of Alameda, Calif., says. "I couldn't believe her reaction."

Nora is doing college-level work, her mother says, but many of her friends are taking enough advanced classes to boost their grade-point averages above 4.0. "It breaks my heart to see her upset when she's doing so awesome and going above and beyond."

Red dots indicate schools without shelters. Green dots are schools with shelters.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The results of a statewide survey released Thursday show 62 percent of Oklahoma’s 1,804 public schools don’t have storm shelters, and only 15 percent have shelters built to withstand the 250 mph winds of an EF5 tornado, like the ones that swept through central Oklahoma in May 2013.

StateImpact has mapped the data from the survey, the first statewide accounting of public school storm shelters, which was conducted by Bar None Consulting for the Oklahoma Legislature’s use in an interim study.

Gov. Fallin Staying Quiet on Teachers With Guns

Mar 14, 2013
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Gov. Mary Fallin says for now, she won't comment on legislation that would allow educators with special training to carry guns inside the state's public schools.

Fallin says it's too early in the legislative process, since bills frequently go through a lot of changes between now and closer to the end of session.

House Bill 1062 is headed to the Senate after winning approval in the House this week.

The proposal would let administrators or teachers in Oklahoma's public schools have a loaded handgun inside the school building after passing special school resource officer training.