Morning Bell: State summit planned on student trauma
State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister announced this week that the Oklahoma State Department of Education will host a summit on addressing student trauma.
“A recent National Survey of Children’s Health revealed that Oklahoma’s youngest, most vulnerable children suffer more trauma than those in any other state in the nation, and additional trauma rankings among our children of all ages are alarmingly high," Hofmeister said.
It Starts Here: Trauma-Informed Instruction will be held at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Oct. 2, and feature experts in childhood trauma and healing. In partnership with state agencies, tribal nations and nonprofits that serve children and families, the OSDE’s in-depth event will target educators who are often the first to encounter trauma in individual children.
Moore school on lockdown Thursday
Broadmoore Elementary School in Moore was on lockdown yesterday afternoon after a threat was made against the school, according to the Moore Police Department. According to police, a woman involved in a custody dispute reportedly called Broadmoore Elementary School at 3401 S. Broadway and made a threat, reports News9. There were no other reports of violence or danger to students.
Rural enrollment declines mean loss of funding
Factory closings, retail development following highways that bypass the center of town and the consolidation of farms have led to population declines in much of rural Oklahoma — and declines in school enrollment.
While Oklahoma's statewide public school enrollment continues to grow, 36 counties have seen combined student enrollment declines over the past decade, almost all classified as rural counties. This enrollment declines also means a decrease in state education funding.
OKC board narrows superintendent list
Oklahoma City School Board members will return to the Skirvin Hilton Hotel on Friday afternoon to meet with remaining superintendent hopefuls.
Three people are in the hunt to lead Oklahoma's largest school district, reports The Oklahoman's Tim Willert.
While their identities remain a secret, one candidate is said to be "liked" by a majority of the board. A special board meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Balinese room on the hotel's second floor. If a majority of members are present, they will enter into executive session to privately discuss the position with the finalists.
Superintendent files defamation lawsuit
The suspended superintendent of Langston Hughes Academy for Arts and Technology has sued the president of the school board and two staff members for defamation after they made what he claims were false allegations of grade-tampering, reports the Tulsa World.
Rodney Clark, the founder of the academy, was suspended two weeks ago after the grade-tampering allegations were made against him and three staff members at the academy. The Oklahoma State Department of Education has visited the charter school, which is sponsored by Langston University, at least twice to investigate the allegations.
That does it for today's Morning Bell. Enjoy your weekend, see you Monday!