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Lawmakers are considering a measure that would significantly reduce school testing.

On Monday, the House passed a bill that eliminates all tests that are not federally mandated. That includes five tests in the lower grades, and the seven end of instruction exams high schoolers take to graduate.

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Edmond Public Schools is cutting almost $4 million from their budget, but they’re doing it without losing teachers.

As the district looked for ways to cut back on spending, they considered firing 40 teachers. But when presented with a choice, the teachers voted instead to all lose one day of work and pay, but save their coworkers.

Bret Towne, Superintendent of Edmond Public Schools, says administrators will likely forgo two days of work and pay.

"So we’ve all got skin in the game, we’re all going to feel some of the pain."

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For the second time this week Oklahoma City Public School students protested budget cuts to their education, but this time they marched all the way to the state Capitol.

It was mostly kids from Classen School of Advanced Studies, a public magnet school for kids interested in the arts. Some of their school programs, like guitar and piano, are being eliminated, or reduced, due to the state budget crisis, so they marched two-and-a-half miles from their school to the state Capitol to speak with legislators. 

Oklahoma City Public Schools will end classes two days early this year. The final day for students will be Wednesday, May 25.

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The Board of Education voted 4-2 during a Wednesday breakfast meeting at the Faculty House in Oklahoma City to end the school year two days early as part of a cost-saving measure.

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Students in Oklahoma City Public Schools are upset with the budget cuts their district is facing, and many walked out of school in protest.

About 600 students at U.S. Grant High School rallied in the school parking lot chanting “No ifs, no buts, no budget cuts” in protest of the district slashing $30 million  from the budget.

A senior at U.S. Grant, Christopher Black, said he was there speaking out for the future students.

"We don’t want budget cuts," he said. "We want more funding to our education; to the future of America."

UPDATE: Board members decided there was not enough information yet to make a decision, and postponed a vote to a later board meeting.

The Oklahoma City Public School Board is set to take action on a divisive issue: whether or not to expand charter schools in the district.

At past board meetings, many parents and community members rallied against the expansion, saying more charters will create a wider gap between the haves and have-nots. But Board members say an expansion will give more students a chance to succeed.

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State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister called President Obama's directive on transgender students and school bathroom use an “outrageous overreach”.

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Oklahoma City Public Schools announced another $10 million in budget cuts on Tuesday. 

Acting District Superintendent Aurora Lora presented a long list of things that will be eliminated or changed in order to achieve these cost reductions:

When you enter Marissa McGee's classroom, the first thing you notice is her connection with her students. They're delighted by her enthusiasm, they pick up on her sarcasm, and they often double over with giggles when she makes a joke.

And this is kindergarten. So McGee's students — her audience — are 5-year-olds.

"They're easy to please," she says, laughing. "I'm not that funny. I wouldn't even consider myself funny at all."

This rapport is how Marissa McGee works to shape these kindergartners into thoughtful, educated adults.

In Colorado the economy is booming. The unemployment rate is 3 percent. And shiny new skyscrapers are rising all over Denver as revelers pour fistfuls of cash into downtown bars and restaurants.

But no one invited Colorado's public schools to the party.

In 1992, voters in the state amended the constitution with something called the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, or TABOR.

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