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Tahlequah math teacher named 2015 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year at State Fair ceremony

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 16, 2014) – Jason Scott Proctor, 35, a Tahlequah high school math teacher, has been named the 2015 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi made the announcement today during a ceremony at the Oklahoma State Fair.

A-F Report Cards released for Oklahoma schools

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) today released the 2014 A-F Report Card for public schools statewide. In this third year of A-F, more than one-third of Oklahoma schools improved their overall score, with 289 receiving A’s. Unfortunately, this year also saw a rise in F schools with 200, or 11 percent, as compared to 163 in 2013.

The 2014 grades are available at http://afreportcards.ok.gov.

Rising Star teachers named at Teacher of the Year ceremony

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 16, 2014) — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi recognized six Rising Star Teachers from across the state during today’s state Teacher of the Year ceremony at the Oklahoma State Fair. Rising Stars are teachers who show an amazing amount of promise in their profession. They are selected in addition to the 12 finalists for the state Teacher of the Year.

Superintendent Barresi congratulates five 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 30, 2014) – Five Oklahoma schools were named 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools today by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), joining the ranks of some of the best schools in the nation.

USDE awarded the “Exemplary High Performing Schools” designation to Adair High School of Adair Public Schools, Bethany High School of Bethany Public Schools, Edmond Doyle Elementary of McAlester Public Schools, Reydon Elementary School of Reydon Public Schools and Southeast Elementary School of Jenks Public Schools.

Youth volunteers sought for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 2, 2014) – Top youth volunteers in Oklahoma are being sought for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

Now through Nov. 4, Oklahoma students in grades 5-12 that have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months are invited to apply.

Upgrade Video: Putnam City Students find success with iPads

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State Board of Education to hold special meeting Oct. 17, State Board Room

The State Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 2014, in the State Board Room, Room 120 of the Oliver Hodge Education Building, 2500 N. Lincoln. View the agenda here

School districts urged to help parents stay informed on Enterovirus, flu, Ebola

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 17, 2014) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi is urging school districts to help parents stay informed and ensure their children are keeping healthy habits in light of this year’s outbreak of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), the arrival of flu season and the climate of concern over the Ebola virus in Texas.

Teacher pay raise, additional instructional days part of FY16 budget request approved by State Board of Education

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi asked State Board of Education members on Thursday to approve a $2,500 minimum pay raise for teachers and all certified personnel, excluding superintendents in the state. The request was part of the $2.78 billion budget request that will be presented to the Oklahoma Legislature for Fiscal Year 2016.

OKToy Blog: The power of team

The first Saturday of November every year holds a special place in my heart. That’s when high school distance runners gather in many places across the country to compete at state championships. This weekend I took part in such a display and was reminded again that our profession extends beyond textbooks, standards, assessments or trophies.

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