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Elementary school principal Sherrie Conley, talks with a voter at a bagel shop in Norman, Okla. Conley ousted a three-term incumbent in Tuesday's Republican primary runoff election. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
Elementary school principal Sherrie Conley, talks with a voter at a bagel shop in Norman, Okla. Conley ousted a three-term incumbent in Tuesday's Republican primary runoff election. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Good Friday morning! Tuesday's runoff elections in Oklahoma have drawn national attention, especially because of the teacher candidate/activist story line. Some teachers were on the runoff ballot, but most notably was the defeat of lawmakers who opposed a tax increase to fund teacher pay raises. 

Here are some of the national headlines:

New York Magazine: Oklahoma teachers just purged the statehouse of their enemies

CNN: Legislators who opposed teacher pay raise are out

The Intercept: In Oklahoma and Arizona, primary voters rewarded candidates who stood with teachers

Mother Jones: Educators are mad as hell and they're teaching Republicans a lesson 

Union schools expands student iPad use

Union Public Schools is testing student iPad use in elementary grades. By next fall, every student from grades 9 to 12 will have the use of a personal computer at all hours, improving access for those who can’t afford their own, reports the Tulsa World

The growing use of the technology in classrooms is being seen all across Oklahoma and the nation. School districts are relying on technology to help provide personalized learning that allows students to progress at their own pace, rather than at the pace of the class as a whole.

Earlier this month I wrote about the importance of giving students more access to technology

"If we think about the fact that none of us owned a smartphone 10 years ago ... and these students are growing up with technology exponentially expanding and increasing in power and usefulness every year, it's amazing," said Tom Deighan, superintendent of Lawton Public Schools. "These students are digital natives in ways even millennials can't even fathom. Generation gaps used to be every 20 years, now they're five."

You can read that story here

Officials respond to threatening message at Ada school

Ada High School was placed on administrative lockout Thursday after a threatening message was discovered on the walls of a maintenance building, school officials said, reports the Ada News

Ada City Schools Superintendent Mike Anderson said the message was discovered by a teacher and several students who were outside working on a project at the time.

“They immediately reported what they’d found to school administrators who immediately reported it to me,” Anderson said. “We contacted law enforcement and made the decision to place the high school on administrative lockout while we investigated what was found.”

Macomb teacher arrested in child porn case

A Macomb Public Schools teacher was arrested by FBI agents Tuesday in connection to a child pornography case.

Lucas Cane, 30, of Ada, is charged with distribution of child pornography and conspiracy to distribute child pornography, said Bill Miller, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

Miller said Cane made his first court appearance Tuesday and remains in custody until further court proceedings in Washington D.C. Miller said the case against Cane was launched by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington D.C.

The school district confirmed the arrest in a statement released Tuesday.

That does it for today's Morning Bell. Have a great Labor Day weekend! 

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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