675 articles

Online courses should be part of education mix
Apr 7, 5:48 AM:

Editorial thinks virtual schools are great because they increase avenues to graduation. Shouldn't forget that quality counts too -- reason why some OK schools partnered with outside vendors because they had proven >

Online classes are on way to Putnam City
Apr 6, 5:39 AM:

OK district starts online classes this May. Short article packed with info like who takes on-line courses and how virtual school aligns with state standards and teacher certification. Okay, but certification doesn't >

State students prepare for exams needed to graduate
Apr 4, 9:16 AM:

First OK students struggle with 4 state tests required for graduation - 20,000 have failed at least one. Exit exams are under fire, as studies claim they raise dropout rates and hurt poor students. How are students being >

Rhee offers a lesson about school board power
Apr 4, 5:45 AM:

OK state superintendent shouldn't waste time convincing state board about reforms, says editorial. And those changes are...? How has streamlining bureaucracy worked in other areas? Look to Newark, NJ, Baltimore, MD, or >

48-year-old is first to graduate from Tulsa Virtual Academy
Apr 1, 7:17 AM:

Father finishes high school thanks to Tulsa Virtual Academy. Entire focus on difficult circumstances that caused individual to drop out, without any link to how virtuals can currently help struggling students stay in >

Oologah-Talala parents, teachers have wish list for new school leader
Mar 28, 3:41 PM:

Search is under way for a new superintendent for Oologah-Talala Public Schools. Residents want a good, respectful communicator with strong ethics. Wondering why state school boards association is overseeing search. Is >

Charter school teachers not bound by union
Mar 23, 5:45 AM:

Editorial brags OK charter law got teacher independence right, unlike MD whose weak law was recently highlighted by the Baltimore KIPP teacher union incident. Right idea here about restrictive union contracts, but wrong >

Not true to say Legislature doesn't care about education
Mar 18, 5:54 AM:

Because lawmakers are talking about reform and not just money, education groups are saying they do not care.  The opinion folks at this paper jump to their defense, saying that the aggressive action being taken to change >

Opportunity Scholarship Act passes Oklahoma state Senate
Mar 17, 3:53 PM:

Voucher program, no tuition scholarship. Debate over what to call it didn't hinder Senate passage of OK's tuition scholarship bill. One of the few papers that includes explanation that more money remains in public school >

Oklahoma's stimulus funding finds home in school districts in the nick of time
Mar 17, 8:25 AM:

Federal stimulus funds in OK go unaccounted for and state and districts quickly hatch a plan to pay for previously purchased textbooks. Stimulus money, given to states in 2009, mostly used for teacher salaries and to >

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 >



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