Most of the new spending is earmarked for teacher-pay raises and state financing of teachers’ health insurance, both of which were approved by the legislature in 2004 but never funded. In all, more than $57 million will be spent on raises for teachers, and nearly $43 million in first-time state payments for teachers’ health insurance. The pay increases are the first step in a plan to raise the average annual salary from its present level, $35,061, to the regional average, $38,993, over the next four years.
August 31, 2005 – Education Week
Experts warned Southern education leaders meeting here that falling graduation rates may threaten the region’s progress in improving students’ test scores, access to preschool, and other advances in recent years in the poorest region of the United States.
June 29, 2005 | Updated: June 28, 2018 – Education Week (Web)
In a demographic shift that is ahead of the state as a whole, but representative of many small towns in the region, Hispanics make up nearly 27 percent of the enrollment in the 800-student Hennessey school district, up from 18.2 percent in the 2000-01 school year. The district is one of four in Oklahoma to launch a two-way language-immersion program.
May 4, 2005 – Education Week
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