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Milken Award Winner to be Recognized by State Board of Education, Legislature

Tammera Mittelstet, the 2012 winner of the $25,000 Milken Educator Award, will be recognized by the State Board of Eduction and the State Legislature in separate ceremonies on Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Mittelstet is a Gifted Resource Coordinator at Stillwater’s Highland Park Elementary and Will Rogers Elementary. She was awarded the prize in a surprise ceremony in November by State Superintendent Janet Barresi and Milken Family Foundation Board Member Dr. Thomas Boysen.

State Experiences Second Day of Testing Disruption

The Oklahoma State Department of Education experienced complications with online assessments for grades 6 through 12 throughout the school day on Monday and for the better part of Tuesday.

Testing Company CTB/McGraw Hill reported problems with their servers while uploading student assessment results. Students were reportedly knocked off the system mid-assessment.

Superintendent Barresi Thankful for $91 Million Extra in Budget

 

State Superintendent Janet Barresi received word on Thursday afternoon that preK-12 education would receive $91 million in new funds. The news came when details of the state's budget were released at the Capitol.

Oklahoma public schools received $74 million in new money for Fiscal Year 2014 and an additional $17 million in supplemental funds for Fiscal Year 2013. The supplemental funds are for the Flexible Benefits allowance for educators and ad valorem reimbursement.

**Media Alert** Governor, State Supt. Host Summer Reading Program KickoffClose

**Media Alert**
Gov. Fallin, State Supt. Barresi Kickoff SDE Summer Reading Program

 

WHO:  Governor Mary Fallin and State Superintendent Janet Barresi, students, teachers and school librarians from Putnam City's James L. Dennis Elementary School.

Online State Testing Update

The State Department of Education informed district testing coordinators and superintendents on Wednesday morning to begin online testing again after receiving word that the CTB/McGraw-Hill system was operational after two days of disruption due to out-of-state server problems.

Governor Fallin and State Superintendent Barresi Launch Read 5 for Summer Program

 

Governor Mary Fallin and State Superintendent Janet Barresi kicked off the State Department of Education’s 2013 Summer Reading Program – Read 5 for Summer on Friday morning.  Surrounded by students, parents and educators from Putnam City’s James L. Dennis Elementary School at one of the state’s newest libraries -- the Patience S. Latting Northwest Library in Oklahoma City – everyone left ready to find five good books this summer.

State Board of Education Meeting Highlights May 23, 2013

State Board of Education Meeting Highlights
May 23, 2013


Tornado Damage Update
State Superintendent Janet Barresi updated State Board of Education members on tornado damage in the metro area – particularly in the Moore School District – during Thursday’s regularly scheduled board meeting.

Current Version OF GED® Test to Expire at End of 2013

 

The current version of the GED® test will expire at the end of 2013. 

The 2002 Series GED® test will be replaced with the new 2014 GED® test on January 2, 2014.

Oklahoma State Department of Education Replaces Lost Teaching Certificates

 

Many educators across the state lost a great deal during the severe storms and tornados that occurred in May. To help certified personnel, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi announced today that the State Department of Education will waive the $25 replacement fee for certified educational certificates for those that may have lost their certificates as a result of storm damage from now through the end of the 2013-2014 school year.

May 2013 Storms Cause Millions of Dollars of Damage to Oklahoma School Sites

 

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi announced today that as of a last count on June 6 as many as 56 school sites were damaged by the severe storms and tornados that ripped through the state from May 19 to 31. Three of those sites were completely destroyed in Moore. In addition, the El Reno campus of the Canadian Valley Technology Center was destroyed.

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