Monday was the first day back in the classroom for the Oklahoma City Public School district. It was also a new beginning for 14 Puerto Rican teachers that the district recruited because of the lack of teachers in the state.
Odaliz Soto, one of the district's recruits, said she felt like she was already breaking down language barriers on her first day.
Her kindergartners at Parmelee Elementary are mostly Hispanic, and speak very little English. So, Soto says everything twice.
Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 11:56 am
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An epic legal battle is about to begin over President Obama's plan to address climate change, in which the Environmental Protection Agency is putting in place new limits on greenhouse gases from power plants. Critics argue the plan is on shaky legal ground, but the administration says it's prepared to defend the regulations in court.
In announcing the "Clean Power Plan" on Monday, Obama predicted some of the arguments his critics would make.
Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 4:03 pm
Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET
President Obama formally unveiled his plan to cut power plant emissions — some two years in the making — calling it the "single most important step that America has ever made in the fight against global climate change."
Education reporter Emily Wendler spoke with the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Joy Hofmeister, about some of the more pressing issues in Oklahoma education.
This is the on-air version of the interview that has been heavily edited for length.
At the top of the list was the teacher shortage, the new academic standards, and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in Washington.
The ESEA was last reauthorized in 2002 by then President George W. Bush, who renamed it the No Child Left Behind Act. This law was meant to make sure low-income students got the same education as everyone else. It implemented mandatory testing and rated schools and teachers based on those testing results. This has been a contentious issue for many educators across the nation—including Superintendent Hofmeister.
UPDATE (July 31 at 4:02 p.m.): We have learned that our shipment should arrive on Tuesday. At that time, the technicians will begin installing the new cable, as well as taking down and rebuilding the tower. We're hoping to be back on-air at 107.5 FM by the following weekend. Thank you again for your patience.
UPDATE (July 27 at 4:18 p.m.): Our 107.5 FM tower has suffered a catastrophic electrical fire. The coax cables that run to (and up) the tower have been destroyed. This special size of coax cable is not readily available and will take 4 to 5 days to ship, followed by several days of installation and repair. We're looking at two weeks at the earliest before we're back on-air at 107.5 FM and early estimates are that this will cost KOSU upwards of $20,000 in total.
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UPDATE (July 24 at 2:10 p.m.): Our engineers are ordering the parts necessary to repair the tower. We don't yet have an estimated time for the signal to be back live. When we do, we will update this post. Thank you for your patience.
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