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Nick Murry, a third grader, waves a flag as he congratulates sixth graders Larontae Clayton, left, Jacqueline Vang and others during their final walk through on their way to the sixth grade promotion exercises on the last day of school at Lewis and Clark Elementary School, Thursday, May 31, 2018, in Tulsa, Okla. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)
Nick Murry, a third grader, waves a flag as he congratulates sixth graders Larontae Clayton, left, Jacqueline Vang and others during their final walk through on their way to the sixth grade promotion exercises on the last day of school at Lewis and Clark Elementary School, Thursday, May 31, 2018, in Tulsa, Okla. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

Good Friday morning! Summer break is here for most schools, but don't let the learning stop. Many Oklahoma libraries are hosting summer reading programs, including the Metropolitan Library System (OKC metro), which is offering prizes for both kids and adults.  You can learn more here

Tulsa students hold mock election

Students at the Tulsa School for Arts and Sciences held their own mock election for governor ... and it looks like there is a recount in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

Three candidates — Christopher Barnett, Blake Cowboy Stephens and Mick Cornett — tied with 33 percent of the vote in a mock election organized by Alyssa Doty’s government class, reports the Tulsa World. Rex Lawhorn won the libertarian nomination and Connie Johnson would be the Democrat in the fall general election.

“There’s just more opportunity to learn right now,” said Gillispie, speaking to the increased attention on politics and activism in Oklahoma. 

Lyric to expand program for rural students

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma has received a $10,000 grant from the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation and its Community Grant program, which will be used to increase services to students in rural Oklahoma.

Underwritten solely by corporate and foundation support, Lyric is able to provide the program free of charge to interested schools and just completed its 11th year of original performances. A take-home study guide distributed to teachers and students includes a more in-depth history of the musical, along with puzzles, activities and class discussion topics.

New Stillwater official to look into school safety

Dana Renner will become the new assistant superintendent of operations for Stillwater Public Schools on July 1, reports the Stillwater News Press. She replaces Terry McCarty, who left after the 2016-17 school year, and now works as superintendent of Perry Public Schools. 

“My first priority is going to be to examine and explore the school safety plan that is in place,” Renner said. “If we did have an active shooter, what is our response? How do we keep kids safe and secure?”

Renner said she sees school safety and the Safe Schools Committee as her two main responsibilities.

State restrictions on school choice draw Betsy DeVos' ire

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who has had difficulty selling her school choice agenda in Washington, railed against state constitutional prohibitions on public funds going to faith-based institutions, in a recent speech to a Roman Catholic organization, reports Education Week.

The target of DeVos' wrath: so-called "Blaine" amendments to state constitutions that prohibit public funds from being used for religious purposes. Recently, for instance, Oklahoma tried to strike its clause through a state referendum, but the effort was resoundingly defeated.

The photo at the top is by Mike Simons (Tulsa World) from the last day of school at Lewis and Clark elementary in Tulsa. You can view more photos here

Have a great weekend!

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Nick Murry, a third grader, waves a flag as he congratulates sixth graders Larontae Clayton, left, Jacqueline Vang and others during their final walk through on their way to the sixth grade promotion exercises on the last day of school at Lewis and Clark Elementary School, Thursday, May 31, 2018, in Tulsa, Okla. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

Nick Murry, a third grader, waves a flag as he congratulates sixth graders Larontae Clayton, left, Jacqueline Vang and others during their final walk through on their way to the sixth grade promotion exercises on the last day of school at Lewis and Clark Elementary School, Thursday, May 31, 2018,...

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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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