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State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister is asking Oklahomans for input as she creates a strategic education plan for Oklahoma schools.

The new Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, ultimately rolls back the federal government’s footprint in state education policy. However, the law requires each state to submit a plan for academic goals and school accountability in order to receive federal funding.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about election results including the Republicans winning big across Oklahoma and the U.S., while two high profile ballot measures - State Question 777, also known as the Right to Farm, and State Question 779, the penny sales tax for education - failed.

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State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister has pleaded not guilty to four charges Friday morning that allege she violated campaign fundraising laws in 2013 and 2014. 

Hofmeister was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail at 9:35 a.m. Friday. She was released on an $8,000 bond.

Online Oklahoma County court records show that Hofmeister made a brief appearance before Special Judge Russell Hall, who scheduled a preliminary hearing conference in the case for Dec. 13.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Joy Hofmeister, was charged Thursday with multiple felonies for violating campaign fundraising laws. Hofmeister denies any wrongdoing and said she will fight the charges.

“I will vigorously defend my integrity and reputation against any suggestion of wrongdoing and fight the allegations that have been made against me,” she said at a press conference Thursday evening.

The Department of Education released statewide student assessment scores at Thursday’s State Board of Education meeting and the results show an overall upward trend of improvement. But a slight one. 

Overall, Oklahoma students are performing better at reading than they are in math. On average, 70 percent of third through eighth-grade students are proficient in reading, and 65 percent of students are scoring proficient in math.

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Oklahoma teachers are planning to do more with less this coming year, and that includes implementing the new English and math academic standards.

“With the current budget situation, I’m not going to lie, our professional development budget was one of the first things that they cut,” said Shannon Thompson, the Dean of Academics for Moore Public Schools.

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UPDATE (5/25): The Senate passed  HB3218 on Wednesday. It now awaits the governor's signature.

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.

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

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State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister is telling schools to brace for one more round of cuts before Summer. 

She said because of lower-than-expected gross production tax revenue, $13 million to $17 million will be lost from the school funding formula. 

"This is really going to be gut wrenching for districts to receive this news at this time," Hofmeister said. 

She said this will affect school’s abilities to pay their bills, and will cause them to dip into any savings they may have.

Oklahoma’s new academic standards passed through the legislature and are now officially in effect.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister says the next step is helping schools implement the new standards in their classrooms.

“Our teachers, our schools, and our districts, have been waiting. And the real work begins now,” she said.