OKLAHOMA CITY (June 10, 2016) – The State Board of Education today approved $38.2 million in mandated cuts to a line item called Support of Public School Activities. Also known as the Public School Activities Fund, its appropriation was reduced from $130 million last year to $92 million for Fiscal Year 2017.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The state Legislature’s elimination of all funds designated for school textbooks has forced the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) to recommend a one-year delay of textbook selection. Although $33 million was appropriated for textbooks in Fiscal Year 2016, legislators zeroed out the line item for the next fiscal year, which begins July […]
OKLAHOMA CITY (May 31, 2016) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister today praised legislators for passing and Gov. Mary Fallin for signing a total of 7 bills that emerged from the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s (OSDE) Teacher Shortage Task Force.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Last week, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released its annual State of Preschool 2015 report, which ranked Oklahoma fourth in the nation in preschool access for 4-year-olds. While Oklahoma maintained its ranking from the previous school year, the state fell from 26th to 28th in state funding.
OKLAHOMA CITY — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister made commented last week after the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Education issued a joint directive regarding bathrooms in public schools and use by transgender students:
OKLAHOMA CITY – House leaders today unanimously passed a bill that eliminates the requirement to use student academic growth in Oklahoma’s teacher evaluation system. House Bill 2957, which is estimated to save Oklahoma school districts millions of dollars and the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) more than $500,000, has been sent to the Governor’s […]
STILLWATER, Okla. – State skills contest winners from Meridian Technology Center are getting ready to go from the classroom to the convention hall as they head for national competitions in the upcoming months.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Governor Mary Fallin recognized the teachers, staff, students and parents of 36 schools, including Guthrie Public Schools, for their efforts to improve their school grades in Oklahoma’s A-F School Report Card. The schools were presented with the Governor’s Spotlight on Academic Achievement Award. Recognized schools included elementary, middle, junior and high schools. “This […]
Aliyah Allison of Guthrie is one of nearly 265 students who will be recognized for completing career and technical training at Meridian Technology Center during the school’s upcoming graduation ceremony. Graduation will be held May 19 at the Wes Watkins Center at OSU.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Nearly 265 students from Meridian Technology Center will be recognized for completing their training during the school’s upcoming graduation.
Assuming the State of Oklahoma does have any additional budget failures, the Guthrie school district is expected to see a reduction of $1.5 million in funding for the next school year. Superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson addressed the state funding crisis and its impact on the school district at Monday evening’s Board of Education meeting.
In January, in this column and through district email, I described the financial problems ahead for not only our district but also the state. On Monday night I presented the facts to the Board of Education detailing where we are financially, how we got there and also how we can weather what I’ve called the […]
I am receiving numerous emails regarding the state’s recent action to adopt new English and math standards for common education. The writers are specifically concerned about the confusing circumstances surrounding House Joint Resolution 1070, a proposal to accept the latest iteration of Oklahoma’s common education standards.
In the moments before several hundred middle and high school students tackled challenging projects at this year’s Oklahoma Engineering Fair in February, they gathered for an opening ceremony.
Guthrie students will soon be taking their end of the school year core tests and Guthrie Upper Elementary School is seeking volunteers for test monitors.
Monetta Fields, a Guthrie High School math teacher, has been selected as this year’s Mathematical Association of America Oklahoma Teacher of the Year at the high school level by the Oklahoma/Arkansas Section of the Mathematical Association of America (OK-AR MAA).
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Department of Education’s Child Nutrition Programs are currently seeking organizations to sponsor this year’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which provides meals to children from underprivileged areas during summer educational or recreational programs. Training dates for sponsors are scheduled for April 13 and April 22.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today signed two measures that will tap nearly $80 million from the state’s Rainy Day Fund.
OKLAHOMA CITY — New and stronger academic standards for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics will take effect beginning in the 2016-2017 school year for Oklahoma’s preK-12 public education system. The standards were approved earlier this week in separate resolutions by the state House and Senate, although a final resolution failed to emerge before both […]
OKLAHOMA CITY — State Senate and House leaders today amended and passed separate joint resolutions that approve the Oklahoma Academic Standards (OAS) for English Language Arts and Mathematics and ensure they will be implemented quickly.
Despite some opposition from Democrat members, the Oklahoma House approved $78 million from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to boost funding for public schools and the prison system for rest of the current fiscal year.