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Superintendent Janet Barresi Observes Digital Learning Day, Announcing Two New Online Resources for Students and Teachers

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi observes the first National Digital Learning Day by announcing two new online learning partnerships for the state of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Educational Television Authority and SAS Curriculum Pathways will offer thousands of free online resources and lesson plans to students, teachers and families throughout Oklahoma.

Oklahoma School Districts to be Recognized on Mathematics and Science Partnership Day at State Capitol

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi on Tuesday will welcome ten school districts from across the state to the State Capitol to recognize the projects they’ve completed as 2011 Math and Science Partnership Grant recipients. Districts were selected for professional development projects that focused on inquiry-based learning.

Oklahoma Achieves Flexibility from No Child Left Behind: New Waiver Provides Added Urgency to Implementation of State Reforms

Oklahoma is one of the first states in the nation to gain flexibility from federal restrictions under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), providing the state with an opportunity to move forward quickly with its own reforms.

News Coverage Focuses on Announcement of Waiver for Oklahoma

News outlets across Oklahoma offered positive, in-depth coverage on yesterday's announcement that Oklahoma is one of the first states in the union to gain flexibility from No Child Left Behind. The announcement lends added momentum to Oklahoma's state-level reforms, allowing the state to focus on its broad package of reforms known as the C3 Plan.

Public Hearing Set for Education Rules

The State Department of Education will hold a public hearing from 1 to 4 p.m. February 16, 2012, to hear public comment on draft rules and Rule Impact Statements.

A-F School Grading System Rules Open for Public Comment

Draft rules and a rule intent statement for the A-F School Grading System and several other administrative rules have been posted on the State Department of Education’s website, under Implementation of a System of School Improvement and Accountability. The rules are open for a public comment period through March 19.

Oklahoma State Board of Education Meeting Highlights

The Oklahoma State Board of Education in its regular monthly meeting Feb. 23 heard details of the review process and a timeline for District Capacity Determinations for Priority Schools.

AP Report Shows Need for Wider Course Selection, Better Preparation

Oklahoma’s ranking of 37 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia on an AP report released recently by The College Board brought a call from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi to widen the selection of AP courses available in Oklahoma schools and to work to continue to improve test scores.

Supt. Barresi Praises Supplemental Funding for Flex Benefits & National Board Certified Bonuses

State Superintendent Janet Barresi praised an announcement by legislative leaders Tuesday that a supplemental appropriations agreement has been reached that includes funding for flexible benefit allowances that help with insurance expenses for teachers and school personnel across the state, as well as dollars to fund bonuses for National Board Certified teachers. Oklahoma's common education budget was cut by nearly $100 million in fiscal year 2012.


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