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OKTOY Blog: Perspective and Attitude

We recently relished much-needed rain showers in Oklahoma, a welcome anomaly to the customary scorching heat that sends us indoors this time of year. I was in my car, wipers on high, when I nearly u-turned toward the radio station upon hearing, “…another dreary day for Oklahomans…” Watch out! Farmers raising livestock or hay to feed those beasts might storm the station with pitchforks. City managers making tough decisions on water regulation might call up the FCC and request a fine or two!

Oklahoma school funding increased by $38.60 per pupil for FY2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (July 23, 2014) – The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) has released to school districts initial state aid allocations for Fiscal Year 2015.

Districts will see an increase in per-pupil funding of $38.60 per student. The initial allocation for FY15 is $3,077.20 per student as compared to the $3,038.60 received as the initial allocation in FY14.

State Board of Education awards $5.3 million in competitive education grants

OKLAHOMA CITY (July 23, 2014) – The State Board of Education today awarded more than $5.3 million in competitive grants to 16 applicants for use during the 2014-2015 school year. 

The purpose of the competitive grant is to provide funding to programs and services that support the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s (OSDE) goal of ensuring that all children graduating from an Oklahoma high school will be college, career, and citizen ready by the year 2020.

2014 Presidential Scholars and semifinalists honored by State Board of Education

OKLAHOMA CITY (July 25, 2014) – Two Oklahoma high school graduates were recognized as 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars during an Oklahoma State Board of Education on Wednesday.

Tulakes Elementary Principal Lee Roland Vision2020 Keynote

View Lee Roland's keynote speech at Vision 2020. Roland is principal at Putnam City's Tulakes Elementary School. His presentation inspires teachers and school leaders to give their all every day on behalf of their students.

Oklahoma School Security Institute Launches Tip Line for Schools

OKLAHOMA CITY – July 24, 2014 – The Oklahoma School Security Institute (OSSI) recently launched www.tipline.ok.gov where reports of activity that may compromise school security can be submitted and then disseminated to appropriate parties for additional investigation.

The Oklahoma Indian Education Resource

By Janet Barresi, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

Oklahoma requests extension of education flexibility waiver

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) today filed a request with the U.S. Department of Education for a one-year extension of the flexibility waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind).

One condition of the waiver, first granted to Oklahoma in 2012, stipulates that academic standards for English and math must be college- and career-ready.

21st Century Community Learning Center Grantees Announced

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi recently approved awarding almost $3.1 million in 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grants to 13 recipients for a five-year period beginning with the 2014-15 school year.

Oklahoma begins task of compliance with NCLB after loss of flexibility waiver

In the wake of the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) decision not to extend Oklahoma’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi today directed state education officials to immediately begin the task of compliance with NCLB, which is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

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