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TODAY: As it prepares to host the It Starts Here: Trauma-Informed Instruction conference on Tuesday, the state Department of Education is hosting a screening tonight of "Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope." The film begins at 7 p.m. You can register for free here

Too many school districts?

Oklahoma has too many school districts and could save nearly $30 million if it had a number of districts more in line with states of similar size, according to a policy paper recently published by an education professor.

In a report titled “Right-sizing Oklahoma Districts,” James Machell, dean of the University of Central Oklahoma College of Education and Professional Studies, highlights Oklahoma as an outlier when it comes to the number of school districts.

With 525 school districts last year, Oklahoma had three times the number found in most states with statewide enrollment of a comparable size.

From the Dallas Morning News: Why an Oklahoma teacher quit her job, left her husband back home and came to Frisco ISD. 

Norman bus accident in Texas

A Norman Public School bus carrying 27 female students and a driver rolled over and struck a fence along Highway 281 North at Lampasas airport in Texas on Saturday. The crash was reported just after 3:15 p.m. and police reported multiple injuries.

New Educator Hall of Fame class announced

The newest inductees into the Oklahoma Educator Hall of Fame were announced last week. 

The inductees include: Dr. Charles Abramson, Stillwater, and Dr. Kirby Lehman,Tulsa. Lehman spent 45 years in education, 23 in Jenks Public Schools. Abramson has dedicated 32 years to education, from elementary to collegiate. These distinguished educators will join the 98 who have been inducted since 1984.

“On behalf of all Oklahomans, I offer my congratulations and heartfelt thanks to these distinguished inductees,” said Joy Hofmeister, state superintendent. “Their years of dedicated service to public education have positively impacted thousands of students’ lives. They reflect the best of public education in Oklahoma.”

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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