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Haylee Reed is a student teacher in a pre-K classroom at Indian Meridian Elementary School in the Choctaw/Nicoma Park School District. She is photographed with students on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Haylee Reed is a student teacher in a pre-K classroom at Indian Meridian Elementary School in the Choctaw/Nicoma Park School District. She is photographed with students on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Good Tuesday morning. Last year's count of education majors at Oklahoma universities was 21 percent lower than just four years earlier, according to survey results from 21 of 23 teacher preparation programs compiled by the Oklahoma Association of Colleges for Teacher Preparation.

Oklahoma universities graduated 1,275 teacher certification holders in 2018, about a 19 percent decline from 2014, according to the same survey.

A similar trend can be found in many other states, but Oklahoma's shrinking number of traditionally trained teachers comes at the same time the state's use of emergency certified teachers is on the rise, which reached 1,975 last school year, setting a new state record.

I recently wrote about the continued challenge schools have in finding teachers and the shifting role of a educators in Oklahoma. 

Robert Breedlove, a Stillwater physician, started his 52nd year of officiating high school football this week, believed to be the longest streak of any official in Oklahoma history. It will also be his last, reports the Tulsa World

Millwood schools invited to museum block party

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum invited students and teachers from the Millwood school community and residents living in nearby neighborhoods to visit the museum Sunday for a "block party." You can view photos from the event here

Free vaccines available

The Oklahoma Caring Vans will offer the vaccines needed for school or daycare attendance around the Oklahoma City area this week.

The shots are free for children ages six weeks to 18 who are uninsured, eligible for Medicaid or American Indian.

Locations this week are:

· Neighborhood Service Organization WIC Office, 3530 N MacArthur, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

· Latino Community Development Agency, 420 SW 10, 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursday.

Parents must be present and provide their children's shot records.

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Haylee Reed is a student teacher in a pre-K classroom at Indian Meridian Elementary School in the Choctaw/Nicoma Park School District.  She is photographed with students on Thursday,  Aug. 16, 2018.  Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Haylee Reed is a student teacher in a pre-K classroom at Indian Meridian Elementary School in the Choctaw/Nicoma Park School District. She is photographed with students on Thursday, Aug. 16, 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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