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Politics and Government
9:49 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Bill Would Give Nearly 30 Percent Bump To Oklahoma Teacher Salaries

Mark Twain Elementary second grade teacher Elizabeth Clarke staples together work from two of her second-grade students in this 2013 photo.
Chase Cook Oklahoma Watch

State Sen. Patrick Anderson has a grand vision for the future of education in Oklahoma. That vision, he said, starts with increased teacher pay.

Anderson, R-Enid, authored SB0004, which would establish a new minimum teacher salary scale in the state. Anderson said his plan would increase pay for teachers with at least an undergraduate degree by about $10,000, a master’s degree by about $20,000 and a doctorate by about $30,000.

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Education
12:19 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Oklahoma State Board Of Education Wants Across-The-Board Pay Raise For Teachers

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The Oklahoma State Board of Education is asking the Legislature to approve a $2,500, across-the-board pay raise for Oklahoma teachers in next year's budget.

The board on Thursday unanimously approved the budget request, which includes a proposed $213 million for the pay raise.

The agency's overall request is for nearly $300 million new dollars, but as agencies prepare for the upcoming budget year that begins July 1, it's common for officials to request more funding than the Legislature is expected to be able to appropriate.

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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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Education
3:12 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Oklahoma Teacher Of The Year Named

Teacher of the year Jason Proctor receives his award from State Schools Superintendent Janet Barresi.
Credit Provided / State Department of Education

State Schools Superintendent Janet Barresi Tuesday named a high school math instructor as Oklahoma'sTeacher of the Year.

Jason Scott Proctor garnered the honor from among 12 finalists during a ceremony at the Oklahoma State Fair in Oklahoma City.

Proctor is Oklahoma's 60th Teacher of the Year and the first from Tahlequah. He will represent Oklahoma in the National Teacher of the Year competition next spring.

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NPR Ed
2:33 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

The NPR Ed Mailbag: Alternative Teacher Certification

LA Johnson/NPR

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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Education
7:54 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Survey: Oklahoma School Districts Continue To Struggle With Vacancies

Credit Oklahoma State School Boards Association

A new survey from the Oklahoma State School Boards Association shows that school districts in Oklahoma continue to struggle with filling teaching vacancies. Data shows school districts in the state reported more than 800 teaching vacancies.

“Local school officials have been saying for a while that finding qualified teachers is difficult,” Shawn Hime, executive director of the OSSBA said in a statement. “This survey put actual numbers to the problem — and the results should concern every parent and policymaker in the state. Having a highly qualified teacher in every classroom is the most effective strategy for academic improvement, but as a state, that’s not where we’ve chosen to invest our time, energy or resources. It’s short-sighted because it limits the effectiveness of any other plan Oklahoma puts it place.”

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Oklahoma Watch
7:32 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Teacher Pay Raise Could Cost Oklahoma $100 Million Per Year

Lee Elementary School pre-kindergarten teacher Victoria Tsaras gets active with her students, dancing to “What Does the Fox Say?”
Clifton Adcock Oklahoma Watch

How much would a $2,000 a year raise for Oklahoma public school teachers cost? The state Department of Education estimates the price tag is close to $100 million a year.

A rough estimate giving each of the state’s 43,915 teachers a $2,000 raise would cost about $87.8 million a year, but that number does not include a corresponding increase in benefits.

State Department of Education spokeswoman Tricia Pemberton said a boost in benefits brings the state’s estimate to about $100 million a year.

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StoryCorps
7:26 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Recalling His Inspiration, A Neurosurgeon Thanks A Teacher

After a patient told neurosurgeon Lee Buono to thank the teacher who inspired him, he called up Al Siedlecki.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 7:06 am

This story originally aired on Weekend Edition on Sept. 25, 2011.

As a middle-school student in the 1980s, Lee Buono stayed after school one day to remove the brain and spinal cord from a frog. He did such a good job that his science teacher told him he might become a neurosurgeon someday.

That's exactly what Buono did.

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eCapitol
7:41 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Teacher Shortages Continue To Leave Numerous Vacancies In Oklahoma

Teacher shortages continue to increase across the state despite small progress made last session via legislation that would allow alternative certification for special education teachers through the use of a “boot camp.”

Since the state Board of Education approved the boot camps in the spring, the department has approved five providers and offered two boot camps itself, serving just over 100 participants.

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Guns in Schools
4:31 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Gun Toting Teachers Bill Shot Down in State Senate

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The chairman of the Senate Education Committee says he doesn't plan to grant a hearing to a bill that would give school districts the option of allowing armed teachers in public school classrooms.

Bartlesville Republican Sen. John Ford told The Associated Press on Monday he has no plans to hear the bill in his committee this session. This week is the deadline for the bill to be granted a Senate committee hearing. The bill could still be reassigned to another committee, but Ford says he doesn't expect that will happen.

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