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Fallin signs bill to eliminate teachers' right to appeal firing
Apr 13, 6:15 AM:

OK Gov signed bill to treat teachers "like the other professionals" by eliminating their right to appeal a firing in district court. Time and cost of firing teachers is high, though not specifically discussed here.


Oklahoma House panel backs new formula to determine graduation rate
Apr 13, 5:54 AM:

New calculation for OK graduation rates may be lower at first, but will be more accurate. Good explanation of how the math will change and what it will mean for percentage and future state policy.


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Fallin signs bill to shift power from state board
Apr 11, 1:55 PM:

Gov Fallin signs law that gives elected state super all the duties previously held by appointed state ed board. Politics involved in decision detailed and implications outlined along with summary of reform efforts >

Sperry to offer free online public school
Apr 11, 8:13 AM:

OK will offer K-8 students opportunity to individualize learning with new virtual school. Provider based in MD, but you don't tell us if there's outcry from critics about a private provider even though students would >

Barresi Testifies Before Congressional Committee - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |
Apr 8, 4:16 PM:

OK State School Super Barresi brings her reform agenda to congressional committee, sees problems with Dept. of Ed guidelines. Expand on her thoughts about education delivery and detail her 3R agenda. Not enough here.

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 >



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