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Oklahoma Senate OKs plan to overhaul teachers pensions
Mar 17, 5:58 AM:

Several changes to teacher pension system moved through OK Senate, including extending vesting period from 5 to 8 years, moving retirement age from 62 to 65 and making state pick up tab for cost-of-living increases -- >

Oklahoma teachers rally for smaller class sizes, protected rights
Mar 16, 6:13 AM:

Teachers rallying at Capitol chant that they "see red" when class size increases. They're also protesting bill to end right to appeal termination. Um, how about adding, "I see red when kids aren't reading at grade level" >

Parents of children with disabilities can prepare for their adulthood now
Mar 14, 10:10 AM:

Children with various learning and developmental disabilities need their parents help to start planning for post-high school years beginning in 6th grade. Are schools playing Pilate here and washing their hands of >

Bill ending teacher retirement loophole passes Oklahoma House
Mar 10, 7:03 AM:

OK House passed bill to fix loophole in teacher retirement system that was allowing retired teachers to take jobs with union or association and continue to earn service credits. Unions claim this is an attempt to >

Oklahoma House defeats school funding proposal
Mar 10, 6:32 AM:

Battle over local control waged, with House defeat of bill that would mandate that 65% of state funds to public schools target instruction. Sponsor wants dollars to follow student. Informative to know just what >

Oklahoma House approves measure changing teacher due-process system
Mar 9, 4:22 AM:

Competing OK bills deal with firing a "career" teacher. One would make decision by school board to fire final, ending teacher's ability to appeal to court. The other would allow career teacher fired by school board to >

Oklahoma City School Board votes to return sixth-grade classes to elementary schools
Mar 8, 3:41 PM:

OK district moving to its goal of having grades K-6 in separate buildings from grades 7-12, which will share a building. This was done via a bond issue, but not all 6-grade classrooms can move back this year. Sure would >

Legislature must right pension plan of Oklahoma teachers
Mar 8, 6:04 AM:

Advocates reform of teacher pension system and issues are similar to what's going on in other states. Lawmakers called to step up to plate and tackle the growing unfunded liabilities. But, will union play ball? Are there >

Bill to remodel state Education Board would put Oklahoma in class of its own
Mar 7, 9:33 AM:

Tension between new OK superintendent and state education board coming to head in new bills to change structure. One would replace appointed board members with state officials; other would reduce board authority and give >

Oklahoma school superintendents earn more than $52 million this year
Mar 7, 7:28 AM:

Scrutiny over superintendents' salaries in OK. One district under fire for proposed closings and layoffs, but reporting thinks comparing other districts' administrative costs is sufficient without mentioning anything >

Oklahoma City attorney requests student contact information for marketing
Mar 2, 7:12 AM:

City attorney who went to court for OK online charter requests student contact info to inform families about virtual options. One school Superintendent retroactively informs parents they can opt out of providing >

University of Central Oklahoma pays $60K to exit charter deal
Mar 2, 6:45 AM:

University backs out of sponsoring OK's first online charter. Another deal made with Graham public schools so virtual learning still an option. Aside from details missing on why UCO reversed decision, report doesn't tell >

House committee passes religious beliefs bill for Oklahoma public school students
Mar 2, 5:38 AM:

A student's freedom to discuss his religion in homework and speeches, or general expression outside of prayer -- if a district so accepts it -- is sanctioned by a House bill, assuming it goes through. Yawn. Why is this a >

Mid-Del School Board votes to sell two elementaries
Mar 1, 11:04 AM:

District board puts two schools up for sale with goal of freeing up funds to keep teacher jobs. Although, coverage doesn't say if sold schools will hire new personnel or not. No clue why these two chosen, especially >

Changes to education board must be about more than power struggle
Mar 1, 6:24 AM:

First OK state board meeting exposes structural problem: elected superintendent and Governor-appointed board with veto power. Non rubber-stamping options elude. Model workable options by showcasing those that have raised >

Board of education discusses budget civilly
Feb 25, 11:37 AM:

Efforts by new elected Super threaten state board, which was seated by previous governor.  Politics abound and power struggles might yield if Barresi gets more authority from legislative efforts. Criticism of her hires, >

Proposal would change teacher due process system in Oklahoma
Feb 23, 10:52 AM:

House Committee approves legislation that hampers tenured teachers' right to appeal a school board's termination decision in court. If passed, the law would allow teachers to appeal termination decisions to a three >

Oklahoma Senate approves bill to shake up Board of Education
Feb 22, 1:26 PM:


Move to restructure school board looks like Republican attempt to gain control after rifts between Democratic-appointed board members and Rep. Superintendent Janet Barresi. Political battle has reporter's attention >

Okla. Senate panel OKs changes to teacher firings
Feb 22, 1:23 PM:

AP story reviewed by the Bullpen ("No Reasoning Behind Bills") now has additional info on OK Senate approving board restructuring. Focus strictly political -- lawmaker mentions change makes board "more accountable to >

Bill would make firing teachers easier
Feb 22, 8:48 AM:

Bills pass through OK Senate that expand charters and eliminate court appeals for fired teachers. No explanation of firing process or why legislation considered -- attention only given to union skepticism and "attack on >



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