Education

Joe Dorman Proposes Tapping Franchise Tax
3:27 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Governor Candidate Announces Education Plan

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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.”

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Election 2014
8:51 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Hofmeister Defeats Incumbent Barresi, To Face Either Deskin Or Cox [CORRECTED]

Joy Hofmeister
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  EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story did not credit KGOU News for their photos and independent reporting that appear in this story.  We apologize for the error.

Former state Education Board member Joy Hofmeister has won the Republican nomination for Oklahoma state school superintendent.

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Fallin Signs Bill to Replace CCSS
6:28 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Common Core State Standards Repealed

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.”

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
8:47 am
Wed June 4, 2014

2011 Joplin Tornado Served As Wake-Up Call For School Officials

Irving Elementary School in Joplin, Missouri is one of several public school buildings damaged or destroyed by a 2011 tornado. Since the storm hit on Sunday, no one was inside the buildings.
Credit Gail Banzet-Ellis / Oklahoma Tornado Project

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.

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Oklahoma Arts Education
9:38 am
Tue May 27, 2014

JenX: From STEM to STEAM

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The academic year is over for schools across Oklahoma this month. This week on JenX, Jennifer James reflects on our state's curriculum versus a mother's wishes for her children's education. 

You can follow Jennifer's blog at jenx67.com.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:46 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Red Cross Program Teaches Emergency Preparedness To Kids Affected By 2013 Tornadoes

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.
Credit Jason Colston / American Red Cross

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.

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NPR Ed
6:03 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Why Education Is The Most Important Revolution Of Our Time

Everything I needed to know about learning, I learned in preschool?
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 12:37 pm

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.

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Money for Education
2:00 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Bill Gives Money to Schools, but Takes From Roads

  The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is raising concerns about a bill heading to the full Senate to take money away from road and bridge projects.

An amended piece of legislation would move the money to common education.

An amendment to House Bill 2642 takes half of the nearly $60 million which would have gone every year to ODOT and gives it to Common Education.

ODOT Director Mike Patterson says while the lack of funding won’t impact work on structurally deficient bridges there are a couple of Oklahoma City projects which could see delays.

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Rally at the Capitol
3:21 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Thousands Rally For Education

  More than 25,000 Oklahomans made their way to the Capitol on Monday to show support for Education.

The crowd included educators, parents, students and supporters from all corners of the state.

The chanting of more than 25,000 people fills the area south of the Capitol as the crowd stretches from the large steps past the dormant oil rig known as Petunia One and into the visitor parking lot.

Most of the attendees are wearing red to support education.

Dawna Watkins comes from Justus-Tiawah in Claremore.

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