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Oklahoma School Districts Recognized on Mathematics and Science Partnership Day at State Capitol

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi on Tuesday welcomed nine school districts from across the state to the State Capitol to recognize the 2012 Math and Science Partnership Grant recipients and their projects.

Crafting a Vision for Digital Learning

Last week, I took State Board of Education members on a road trip to Howe Public Schools in southeastern Oklahoma.

I wanted the board to see the cutting edge digital technology being used by students, teachers and administrators in this small, rural school district. Howe is truly at the forefront of the most dynamic learning in the state.

Six Oklahoma Schools Receive $400,000 in Reward School Grants

Six Oklahoma schools were awarded Reward School grants totaling $400,000 by the State Board of Education on Thursday as part of the State Department of Education's Raise the Grade Together initiative.

State Board of Education to Meet at Howe Public Schools

The State Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting at Howe Public Schools this month.

The board will meet at 1 p.m. Jan. 31, 2013, at Howe Public Schools, 21444 East North Railroad Howe, Oklahoma.

Click here to read the agenda.

OKLAHOMA PROMOTES STATEWIDE ALCOHOL EDUCATION INITIATIVE IN HIGH SCHOOLS TO REDUCE UNDERAGE DRINKING

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (SDE), in partnership with the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS), is offering AlcoholEdu® for High School through a new online learning platform.

Ripley, Sweetwater Elementary Schools Win National Title I Distinguished School Awards

Ripley Elementary School in the Ripley School District and Sweetwater Elementary School in the Sweetwater School District have been named this year’s National Title I Distinguished School Award winners.

The National Title I Distinguished Schools Program is a project of the National Title I Association that publicly recognizes schools for their positive educational advances.

Budgeting for Success

I remember what it was like as a child preparing to ask my parents for a raise in my allowance. I was asking them to part with their hard-earned money, and I just knew I would get that lecture on spending wisely and the importance of saving. I spent a lot of time rehearsing the reasons why such a raise was necessary; then I screwed up my courage and hoped for the best.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi to Request $37.7 Million in Supplemental Appropriations

State Superintendent Janet Barresi will request $37.7 million in supplemental funding for this school year to the state Legislature next week to fund the flexible health benefits allowance for education employees, and reforms such as the Reading Sufficiency Act and Achieving Classroom Excellence remediation.

"This request comes on behalf of school superintendents," State Superintendent Janet Barresi. "If approved, can be used by schools this year to help pay for programs that help children learn to read and be fully prepared for end-of-instruction tests."

Important Offerings for State Educators

At the State Department of Education, we send frequent emails and e-newsletters to communicate important programs to educators throughout the state. I would like to reiterate a few of those offerings in my regular column.

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