Oklahoma

This July 19, 2019 photo shows an Epic Charter Schools office in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma State Board of Education voted Thursday in favor of an agreement with the state's public charter school association to settle a 2017 lawsuit.
This July 19, 2019 photo shows an Epic Charter Schools office in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma State Board of Education voted Thursday in favor of an agreement with the state's public charter school association to settle a 2017 lawsuit.
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School Choice & Charters Oklahoma Charter Schools Granted Local Tax Revenue in 'Seismic' Settlement
A groundbreaking settlement will fundamentally change the way charter schools are funded in Oklahoma, despite vehement opposition.
Nuria Martinez-Keel, The Oklahoman, March 26, 2021
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Custodian Joel Cruz cleans a desk in a classroom at Brubaker Elementary School, last month in Des Moines, Iowa. School districts are spending millions of dollars on specialized cleaning products and protocols to instill confidence that buildings are safe for in-person instruction.
Custodian Joel Cruz cleans a desk in a classroom at Brubaker Elementary School, last month in Des Moines, Iowa. School districts are spending millions of dollars on specialized cleaning products and protocols to instill confidence that buildings are safe for in-person instruction.
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School Climate & Safety Aging Buildings. Poor Ventilation. What Will It Take to Keep Coronavirus Out of Schools?
Spending millions to guard against COVID-19 spread, district leaders also must convince parents school buildings are safe.
Daarel Burnette II, August 12, 2020
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School & District Management How Schools Will Overcome the 'Coronavirus Slide:' Ideas From 5 Superintendents
With many school buildings closed for the rest of the academic year—and more to follow—district leaders turn their attention to making up for what may be deep learning losses.
Denisa R. Superville, April 7, 2020
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Science The Art of Making Science Accessible and Relevant to All Students
Building science lessons around phenomena that students know equally and can see in their own lives is making the subject more relevant and interesting.
Catherine Gewertz, March 3, 2020
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States Educational Opportunities and Performance in Oklahoma
This Quality Counts 2020 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 21, 2020
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Assessment Oklahoma Ranks 49th on Quality Counts Annual Report Card
The state, which earned a D-plus, has struggled with school finance issues and endured teacher strikes and battles over pay, but also earned B-plus for funding equity.
Evie Blad, September 3, 2019
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States Commentary Teachers, Don't Just Shut Up and Teach
Our political system is out of balance, and teachers must prepare the next generation to do better, argues teacher-turned-legislator John Waldron.
John Waldron, July 12, 2019
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Federal Commentary Who Shows Up for Teachers? Coalition-Building in the Era of Educator Activism
"Teaching is a political act," argues teacher-turned-politician John Waldron. And it's going to take more organizing to rescue public education.
John Waldron, May 21, 2019
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Law & Courts Sick Teachers Paying for Substitutes: Where and Why It’s Happening
A California teacher battling breast cancer made headlines recently when she was told state law required her to pay for the cost of a sub during her treatment. Where else are these kinds of sick leave policies in place? And why aren’t the unions doing more to fight them?
Madeline Will, May 17, 2019
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Carmon Pool Drummond holds a stack of paperwork she used to file a complaint with the state of Oklahoma, saying her son was not receiving appropriate special education services.
Carmon Pool Drummond holds a stack of paperwork she used to file a complaint with the state of Oklahoma, saying her son was not receiving appropriate special education services.
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Special Education Parent of Spec. Ed. Student Spotlights Powerful Tool for Advocacy
One mother’s complaint to the state of Oklahoma regarding her child prompts a state order affecting students with disabilities throughout Tulsa.
Christina A. Samuels, April 30, 2019
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Early Childhood Will Child-Care Services Help Recruit Teachers? Oklahoma District Aims to Find Out
A small school district in Oklahoma plans to offer low-cost daycare services to its employees next year in an effort to better compete with larger districts when it comes to recruiting and retaining teachers.
Marva Hinton, April 12, 2019
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School & District Management Commentary I Was an Angry Teacher Fighting for Better Education Policy. Now, I'm Shaping It
What goes on behind all the closed doors in politics? Most teachers never get a chance to find out, writes teacher-turned-politician John Waldron.
John Waldron, April 11, 2019
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Teaching Profession Commentary I Was Tired of How Politicians Treated Teachers. So I Became a Politician
It took a lot to drive Oklahoma teacher John Waldron from the classroom to the statehouse. And he's still angry.
John Waldron, February 26, 2019
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States Educational Opportunities and Performance in Oklahoma
This Quality Counts 2019 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 16, 2019
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