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Tulsa students can achieve reading success, but experienced teachers are critical, experts say

BY: - September 1, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY – Tulsa Public Schools has only months to achieve considerable growth in student reading scores. Experts say student outcomes can be accelerated, but it will require having qualified, experienced teachers in Tulsa classrooms at a time when there’s a substantial shortage of those educators statewide. The Oklahoma State Board of Education agreed to […]

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Former Norman teacher who shared link to banned books still in license limbo

BY: - August 31, 2023

The future of a former Norman High School educator’s teaching license remains unresolved after an attempt to revoke it never came before the state’s top school board in August. The Oklahoma State Board of Education was expected to consider revoking Summer Boismier’s teaching license at its meeting. That’s despite a finding from an assistant attorney […]

Campus food pantries are seeing greater demand — and more state dollars

BY: - August 31, 2023

SOUTH BRONX, New York City — In the South Bronx, one of the nation’s poorest communities, Hostos Community College has long positioned itself as an educational pathway out of poverty. But to make that journey, many Hostos students must contend with more than their schoolwork. Without the school’s child care center, students who are single […]

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At odds with the tribes, Stitt stripped of power over Native American education council

BY: - August 30, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma lawmakers curtailed Gov. Kevin Stitt’s influence over a board devoted to Native American education as the state’s chief executive continues to feud with tribal leaders.  Lawmakers stripped Stitt of eight of his nine appointments to the Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education — a lesser known state board that could play […]

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Officials respond to shooting at high school football game with few concrete ideas

BY: - August 29, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY – A loud pop of gunshots rang from the visitor’s side of the Choctaw High School football stadium. The screams of a terrified crowd followed as people fled or dropped to the ground. The shooting at the Choctaw-Del City football game Friday left a 16-year-old student dead and two other people wounded. Two […]

Packed State Board of Education meetings raise public access concerns

BY: - August 29, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — Mike Howe knew he had to get in line early just to have a chance at one of the few seats at the State Board of Education meeting on Thursday.  So, the 74-year-old retired Tulsa Public Schools educator arrived before dawn in the hopes of urging the board to support public schools […]

With a district takeover threat still looming, Tulsans call out vague demands for improvement

BY: - August 29, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY —  After weeks of uncertainty over the survival of their local school district, some Tulsans say they’re still frustrated with state officials. The Oklahoma State Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to accredit Tulsa Public Schools, despite the state superintendent’s threats to potentially dissolve or take over the school district.  But some parents […]

Surveys reveal little improvement in Oklahoma’s literacy rates since 2012

BY: - August 29, 2023

About 1 in 5 Oklahoma adults struggle to read and comprehend written English, newly released research shows.  Over 500,000 Oklahoma adults could be either functionally illiterate in English or would struggle to paraphrase, make low-level inferences, or compare and contrast written information, according to the findings of a national survey, called the Program for the […]