Democratic candidate for governor Joe Dorman unveils his “Classrooms First” proposal for education in Oklahoma during an announcement in Tulsa Thursday.
He wants to use revenue from the state franchise tax for education funding.
"This will be set aside and earmarked completely for classroom funding. This will not go to salaries. It will not go to administrative costs. It will go to the tools needed by educators to educate those students to the level where they can achieve their highest potential.”
Governor Fallin signs legislation which ends Common Core State Standards in the State of Oklahoma.
KOSU’s Michael Cross reports educators now wait for new standards from the State Department of Education.
Governor Fallin signed House Bill 3399 to repeal and replace Common Core with new standards to be developed by 2016.
Fallin told reporters at a news conference late yesterday that everyone will have an input in Oklahoma education, “Superintendents, educators, parent, public policy officials, Superintendent of Education, employers, citizens.”
Two years ago, a violent tornado hit Joplin, Mo. at a time when children were not in their classrooms. If the day and time had been different, that community could have become known for students killed by a storm instead of Moore, Oklahoma.
That near miss caused officials with the Joplin schools to look at storm shelters in a new light.
Red Cross worker Shannon Reed leads a class of Soldier Creek Elementary fifth graders in practicing a tornado drill. The Red Cross is visiting schools throughout the region, including this one in Midwest City.
During tornado season, preparedness is key. Phrases like “Don’t be scared, be prepared” populate Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites when there’s a severe weather threat. One organization is now taking steps to ensure kids also know what to do when severe weather rolls in.
Shannon Reed is a Community Resiliency Specialist with the Red Cross. Last month, she spent a day in a gymnasium at Carney Elementary School, teaching kids about severe weather.
Learning is something people, like other animals, do whenever our eyes are open. Education, though, is uniquely human, and right now it's at an unusual point of flux.
By some accounts, education is a $7 trillion global industry ripe for disruption. Others see it as almost a sacred pursuit — a means of nurturing developing minds while preserving tradition. Around the world, education means equal rights and opportunity. People risk their lives for it every day.