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Media Alert: Teacher of the Year Finalists To Be Announced

 

WHO: State Superintendent Janet Barresi, 2014 Teacher of the Year finalists, superintendents from finalists’ districts, former Teachers of the Year and former finalists


WHAT: The 2014 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year finalists will be introduced and will be available for interviews. Press packets with bios and photos of each of the finalists will be distributed and made available electronically after the news conference. Six state regional committees comprised of teachers and parents each selected two of the 12 finalists.

2014 State Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced

 

2013 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Finalists at Vision 2020State Superintendent Janet Barresi on Wednesday announced Oklahoma’s 2014 Teacher of the Year finalists during the State Department of Education’s annual Vision 2020 conference.

School Districts Receive Increased Per-Pupil Allocation from State for Coming School Year

 

This week, the State Department of Education released to school districts initial state aid allocations for the FY14 school year. Districts will see an increase in per-pupil funding of $8.60 per student. The initial allocation for FY14 is $3,038.60 per student as opposed to the $3,030.00 received for FY13.

Contributing most to the increase in FY14 state aid allocations is the State Department of Education’s receipt of an additional $21.5 million in funding for state aid to schools during this past legislative session.

Preparing for the Road Ahead

I had the best time last week attending the Vision 2020 conference. Thousands of educators joined us in Oklahoma City for this professional development conference.

I’m confident we gave them critical content and helpful updates as well as energized them for returning to school. I’m delighted to be able to provide this three-day conference. And, it was all FREE to Oklahoma teachers, educators and families of our students.

FIRST Robotics Grant Applications Available

Robotics program grant applications are now available to all Oklahoma public schools.

The State Department of Education (SDE), in partnership with FIRST Robotics, has approved a $70,000 budget item to support public school student participation in the FIRST Robotics Program. The SDE will provide grants up to $5,000 per school to facilitate recent start-up and existing team opportunities. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Sept. 23, 2013. Grant awards will be announced in October and available to schools in November.

State Department of Education Settles with CTB/McGraw-Hill for Over $1.2 Million

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi announced today that the Oklahoma State Department of Education, in conjunction with the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, has reached a settlement agreement with CTB/McGraw-Hill for more than $1.2 million in damages. The settlement covers damages suffered by students and teachers during the testing disruptions and server outages experienced on April 29 and 30 during the spring testing window.

Giving Back to Teachers Who Give So Much

It’s back-to-school time, and I’m going shopping.

I love this time of year when store shelves are stocked with crayon boxes, notebook paper and folders in every color. I’m always tempted to pick up extra supplies, knowing teachers often have to buy their own for students who come to school without any. But this year, I’m buying for a special group of teachers whose classrooms were destroyed by tornadoes, floods and other storms that hit Oklahoma in late May. I hope the public will join me.

State Education Department Appoints New Executive Director of Teacher and Leader Effectivenes

 

Former Sapulpa High School Principal Dr. Jenyfer Glisson to Lead Program 

The Oklahoma State Department of Education announced today the appointment of Dr. Jenyfer Glisson of Sapulpa to direct the newly implemented Teacher and Leader Effectiveness evaluation program passed by the legislature in 2010. 

Student Test Score Study Presented to State Board of Education

The Oklahoma State Department of Education announced today that the independent study to determine if student tests scores had been compromised by the two days of disruption this past spring is complete.

The HumRRO Statistical Investigation of Oklahoma Disruptions indicated that students appeared to do as well on the test as students not involved in the disruption. Based on the result of this study, State Superintendent Janet Barresi determined the state will retain all scores of impacted students who scored proficient or advanced.

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