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Veterans Day ceremony at Southeast High School FOR TIM WILLERT PHOTOS PROVIDED
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Oklahoma public schools have at least 28 different school-year start dates, which has a group of Oklahomans pushing for a statewide start date in early September.

"Our goal is to define what a state-funded school year is," said Barbara Bowersox, one of the leaders behind Oklahomans for School Calendar Reform, a group seeking to put all schools on the same calendar, or at least the same start date.

Some public school districts start as early as late July or early August, which includes Oklahoma City Public Schools.

I wrote in Sunday's Oklahoman about the conversation around moving to a unified start date, which has not yet reached any real discussions in the Legislature. But school calendars are likely to become a topic of conversation in Oklahoma City schools as Superintendent Aurora Lora is expected to recommend the district keep its current system of starting in early August. 

But that might not be completely supported by the school board. 

"Based on the information I have at this moment I would be in favor of moving our start date back," said board member Rebecca Budd. "It is more than $1 million that we lose a year (with an early start).”

--CAREER READINESS: State education leaders hope to encourage public schools to focus more on creating more high-quality career pathways, especially as Oklahoma experiences a shortage of skilled labor and a large number of high school students enter college needing to take remediation courses.

"We really want to shift (the focus of career options) from being something that we only talk about at the end of high school, when students have already spent their high school career taking certain courses, and start focusing on it as early as elementary school," said state schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister.

I attended part of a summit last week the Department of Education hosted in an effort to promote career readiness, which I wrote about here

--VETERANS DAY: About two dozen veterans, many with ties to Oklahoma City Public Schools, were honored for their military service Friday during a moving ceremony at Southeast High. (Picture above)

--WILLIAMSBURG FELLOWSHIP: Oklahoma fifth- and eighth-grade teachers can apply for a fellowship to attend the 2018 Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute in the restored capital city of 18th-century Virginia. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 1. More info can be found here

--TOUR THROUGH ANCIENT GREECE: Teacher education students at Oklahoma Baptist University recently hosted an interactive social studies museum for Grove Elementary School fifth-graders.

This semester's museum was titled “Ancient Greece: An Introduction.” It was OBU's 37th interactive children's museum, which allows students to learn through activities and lessons created by teacher education majors.

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Ben Felder

Ben Felder is an investigative reporter for The Oklahoman. A native of Kansas City, Ben has lived in Oklahoma City since 2010 and covered politics, education and local government for the Oklahoma Gazette before joining The Oklahoman in 2016.... Read more ›

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