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The Morning Bell: Cold temps cancels some classes across state

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Jerald, right, and Hailey, left, Harrison sit on the curb with their children, Ava, 5, Jayden, 7, and Jayce, 4, while trying to keep warm in sub-freezing temperatures as they watch the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade in Oklahoma City on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Jerald, right, and Hailey, left, Harrison sit on the curb with their children, Ava, 5, Jayden, 7, and Jayce, 4, while trying to keep warm in sub-freezing temperatures as they watch the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade in Oklahoma City on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Good Tuesday morning! It's a cold one out there and freezing temperatures have classes cancelled today in Tulsa and several other districts. 

"Our decision-making is always guided by the best interests of our children, and this includes keeping them safe as they travel to and from school," Tulsa Public Schools said on its Facebook page.

Dozens of other northeast Oklahoma schools are also closed today. Here's a complete list

Humphreys returns to John Rex board

At a special meeting of the board Monday night, former OKC mayor Kirk Humphreys was seated as a voting board member of the John Rex Charter School board by Oklahoma City Quality Schools, a nonprofit with six voting members.

Yesterday, a local blog posted audio clips of Humphreys speaking derogatory towards women, which renewed calls from many parents for Humphreys to remain off the board. 

"As parents, we are alarmed and saddened by the public views of Mr. Humphreys, and his continued and now unilaterally appointed position on this board," said John Rex parent Maggie Howell. "When discussing the role of women in society with a group of Christian men, Mr. Humphreys said 'women feel. Men think. That's why it's the man's job to lead and the women's job to follow.'"

Kevin Stitt on education

Education is always a campaign topic for those running for office. But with teacher pay and school funding continuing to be hotly debated issues in Oklahoma government, it should be expected to be a big topic for those running for governor. 

In a recent profile of candidate Kevin Stitt, The Oklahoman's Chris Casteel wrote that the candidate from Tulsa isn't quite up to speed on education issues: 

Speaking at USAO, a public university, Stitt said he wasn't familiar with how higher education was funded in Oklahoma, and he was almost incoherent in responding to a question about it.

He champions higher teacher pay but falters on how to pay for it. His policy prescription for some issues is to do what other states are doing.

“We don't have to reinvent the wheel here,'' he said in Chickasha.

Like more experienced candidates, he knows how to avoid taking a stand on sticky issues, like tax increases. Despite the intensity of debate around raising the tax on oil production — and the support of many energy company leaders for doing so — Stitt's stock response is that he wants to take a look at the whole tax code.

National ag award winner

Jerrod Lundry, agricultural educator at Fairview Public Schools, is one of only six individuals nationwide who received the National Agriscience Teacher of the Year Award, reports EnidNews.com. The award was presented at the 2017 National Association of Agricultural Educators annual convention in Nashville. 

Etiquette lessons in Lawton

A dozen Hugh Bish Elementary fifth-graders were treated to a special "formal" hot breakfast and lessons in etiquette and leadership last week, reports the Lawton Constitution

It was the first in a series of Lawton Public Schools Child Nutrition's "Breakfast With the Principal" events, said Steve Dyer, general manager of Sodexo/LPS Child Nutrition, explaining that it is the principal who decided which children will attend. 

"It's the principal's agenda ... We are just trying to provide an atmosphere that is nice, upscale, something totally distinct."

Aiming to break a fundraising record

Last year, the Norman North High School community raised over $200,000 for six recipients during SPUD Week.

This year’s SPUD co-chairs, Grace Berryhill and Neeley Spear, said that is a high mark, but they aim to beat it this year.

“As we have gotten so close to SPUD and have worked so much on it  ... we’ve really seen that it isn’t about the total,” Spears said. “Of course we want a higher total, because it all goes to the recipients and we want to raise more for them, but we want them to feel supported and loved.” (Norman Transcript)

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That does it for today's Morning Bell. Stay warm!

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Jerald, right, and Hailey, left, Harrison sit on the curb with their children, Ava, 5, Jayden, 7, and Jayce, 4,  while trying to keep warm in sub-freezing temperatures as they watch the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade in Oklahoma City on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Jerald, right, and Hailey, left, Harrison sit on the curb with their children, Ava, 5, Jayden, 7, and Jayce, 4, while trying to keep warm in sub-freezing temperatures as they watch the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade in Oklahoma City on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

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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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