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Juanita Kidd, Longtime Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame Member Dies

Longtime Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame Member Juanita Kidd died on Wednesday.

“I am saddened by news of the loss of this wonderful Oklahoma education leader,” Superintendent Barresi said. “Juanita Kidd provided many years of service to the children and educators in our state serving multiple roles. She will be missed. My prayers go out to her family.”

Harding Charter, Classen Make Top 50 National High Schools List

Harding Charter Preparatory High School and Classen School of Advanced Studies, both in Oklahoma City, have been named among the top 50 high schools in the nation by TheBestSchools.org.

Harding Charter is No. 23 on the list; Classen is No. 36.

KIPP Principal Tracy McDaniel Honored With Outstanding School Leadership Award

State Superintendent Janet Barresi and the State Board of Education honored Tracy McDaniel, principal at KIPP Reach College Preparatory School, as a Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership recipient for 2012 by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program at the Board’s March meeting.

McDaniel was one of only six principals from the 314 Blue Ribbon Schools nationwide to receive this award.

Prudential Spirit of Community Award Winners Recognized

State Superintendent Janet Barresi and State Board of Education members recognized and commended Perrin Duncan, a senior at Edmond North High School, and Mason Harvey, an eighth-grader at Guthrie Junior High School, as 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Award Winners.

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.

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