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Altus teachers awarded AP Rural Fellows grants

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 28, 2014) – Two Altus School District teachers have been awarded Advanced Placement (AP) grants from The College Board.

Linda Bennett and Jaime Reyna were awarded the AP Rural Fellows grant, a new and competitive grant program that provides scholarships for high school teachers in rural areas of the United States.

Supt. Barresi, State Board of Education praise Fort Gibson schools for “virtual classes” on snow days


OKLAHOMA CITY (May 5, 2014) — The Oklahoma State Board of Education recently voted to approve a unique way for Fort Gibson Public Schools to keep school in session on snow days.

The program allows students to submit work from home, engage with teachers and receive credit for a school day when schools are physically closed for inclement weather. With the board’s April 24 approval, the virtual classes will be able to continue.

Commissioners of the Land Office collect More than $93.6 million for Oklahoma schools

Oklahoma public schools received more than $93.6 million from the Commissioners of the Land Office over the past 12 months, an increase of more than $600,000 from the previous fiscal year.

Each month, the Commissioners of the Land Office, which oversees the Trust, distribute funds to public K-12 schools. The Trust distributed $93,626,718 in fiscal year 2014. That figure is up from a flat $93 million in FY 2013.

Oklahoma teachers, parents to converge at Vision 2020 beginning July 15

Educators, parents and everyone with an interest in Oklahoma schools are invited to the Vision2020 conference Tuesday, July 15, through Thursday, July 17, at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

“I’m really looking forward to Vision 2020 this year. It’s such a great opportunity for all kinds of educators from every part of our state to come together, share their knowledge and leave inspired,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi.

Oklahoma Department of Education, Native American educators unveil online site for American Indian education

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi today introduced a new online resource guide aimed at strengthening American Indian education in Oklahoma.

Located on the State Department of Education (SDE) website at ok.gov/sde/oier, the Oklahoma Indian Education Resource details the vibrant culture, traditions, history and governments of the state’s 39 sovereign tribes.

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.

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).

State Department of Education to hold PASS Plus Academies For teachers throughout state

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) will host professional development sessions statewide this fall regarding Priority Academic Student Skills, or PASS. Under recently signed legislation, Oklahoma’s PreK-12 teachers must use PASS standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics through 2016. The state will develop new and stronger academic standards to go into effect in 2016.

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