Education

School Suspensions
11:49 am
Wed March 25, 2015

High Suspension Rates at Oklahoma City Public Schools Trigger Systemic Changes

Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School in Oklahoma City.
http://okcps.belleislems.schooldesk.net/

According to a study out of UCLA, suspension rates at Oklahoma City Public Schools are some of the highest in the nation. Nearly half of the students in the district got suspended there in the 2011-2012 school year, according to this report.

The district Superintendent questions the report’s rankings, but doesn’t deny there is a discipline problem. He says they are already laying down plans to make major changes. 

Between the 7th and 8th grades Caleb Walker got suspended four times. A couple times for fighting and a couple times for being a “silly boy” according to his mom.

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Funding for Education
2:58 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

House Bill 1498 Seeks to Nail Down Oklahoma's Education Costs

Rep. Dennis Casey - Morrison
Credit okhouse.gov

Funding for Education in Oklahoma has historically been low. But depending on who you ask—the dollar amount that the state spends varies widely. As do our national rankings.

One lawmaker is fed up with the confusion and is pushing a bill through the legislature to nail it down.

If you divide 4.9 billion by 631,000, what do you get?

Oklahoma’s per pupil expenditure. Or, the amount of money the state spent on each kid’s education in 2013.

In short, that’s $7,740 according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

That’s low by national standards. In fact, it puts Oklahoma at 49th out of 50 states according to the US Census Bureau.

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NPR Ed
9:34 am
Mon March 9, 2015

The Teacher Who Believes Math Equals Love

For her trigonometry class, Sarah Hagan (center) uses everything but the kitchen sink: a flower pot, garbage basket, rolls of tape, rubber balls, even loose spaghetti.
Elissa Nadworny NPR

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 8:07 pm

What makes a great teacher great? That's the question at the heart of 50 Great Teachers, from the NPR Ed Team.

Sarah Hagan has a passion for math, and the pi-shaped pendant to prove it.

The 25-year-old teaches at Drumright High School in Drumright, Okla. The faded oil town is easy to miss. Fewer than 3,000 people live there, and the highway humps right around it.

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Education
6:21 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Oklahoma May Scrap AP History For Focusing On America's 'Bad Parts'

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 9:47 am

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Education
8:14 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Steering Committee Examines Proven Standards in Other States

The committee tasked with creating Oklahoma's new academic standards following the repeal of Common Core met for the second time on Monday.

As KOSU's Emily Wendler reports, they are trying to learn as much as they can from other's trials and tribulations before embarking on their own journey.

The academic standards steering committee—in charge of creating Oklahoma's new educational requirements for kindergarten through 12th grade—got guidance from three experts who have excelled in creating math and English programs in their own states.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri February 6, 2015

The 2015 Legislature Kicks Off at the Capitol

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the State of the State Address given by Governor Fallin to kick off the 2015 legislative session as well as her executive budget.

Also, the trio discusses two bill killed early in the session without getting a hearing: the so-called "hoodie bill" and a bill by Representative Sally Kern allowing businesses to discriminate against homosexuals.

Finally, they look at the decision by the Tulsa School Board to hire Deborah Gist as its new superintendent.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri January 30, 2015

A Stay of Execution and A Plan to Raise Teacher Pay

On This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Morning Edition Host Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the decision by Attorney General Scott Pruitt to ask for a stay of execution in the case of Richard Glossip and the plan by new Superintendent Joy Hofmeister to give pay raises and add classes to the school year over the next five years.

Ryan, Neva and Michael also talk about bills expected in the upcoming legislature and the arrest of Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri January 23, 2015

State of the Union, Medicaid Expansion & Teacher Pay

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and, sitting in for Ryan Kiesel, Oklahoma Policy Institute Executive Director David Blatt.

The trio discusses the President's State of the Union Address, the decision by the Governor to not use Medicaid Expansion money for low income Oklahomans and raising teacher pay.

They also talk about possible cuts in the energy sector and Republicans outnumber Democrats for the first time in state history.

NPR Ed
5:22 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

What To Expect From Obama Tonight On Education

President Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn., on Jan. 9. Obama is promoting a plan to make publicly funded community college available to all students.
Mark Humphrey AP

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 5:50 pm

On the education front, President Obama's State of the Union address is likely to focus on three big proposals:

First, the president wants to talk about the idea he floated last week of making community college tuition-free. This is new.

The plan would benefit about 9 million full- and part-time students and would cost the federal government about $60 billion over 10 years. According to the administration's numbers, that would account for three-fourths of the total cost. States and community colleges would come up with the rest.

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Education
3:25 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Obama In Tennessee To Promote Free Community College

President Obama speaks at a Ford assembly plant on Wednesday in Wayne, Mich., about the resurgent automotive and manufacturing sector.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 7:15 pm

President Obama is in Tennessee previewing some of the big issues he'll talk about in his State of the Union address later this month. Friday, he'll speak in Knoxville, focusing on education and an idea that is gathering steam in some states: making community college tuition-free.

In the emerging debate over this idea, there are skeptics and there are true believers.

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