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Financial literacy teacher is example of what Oklahoma needs

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how Drew Rhodes, senior government teacher at U.S. Grant High School in Oklahoma City, is...

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Art teacher named state's best educator

Becky Oglesby, 30, teaches prekindergarten through third grade at Ranchwood Elementary School, where she is known as the...

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Four teens arrested, accused of school shooting threats

Four teens were arrested Monday afternoon, accused of threatening to kill the principal and shoot up the school. Sergio...

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Morning Bell: Former Norman supt joins OSSBA

Former Norman Public Schools superintendent Joe Siano is joining the Oklahoma State School Boards Association as associate...

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Morning Bell: Suspension disparity in Tulsa schools

Special-needs students in Tulsa Public Schools are suspended disproportionately as compared with traditional students.

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Dream lab becomes reality

Engineering majors at Oklahoma State University are applying concepts learned in the classroom and exploring their own ideas in...

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Education notes for Sept. 16

USAO gets an 'A' for academic core quality The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha is one of 23...

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Healthy Schools Oklahoma seeks to improve results in classroom

"We have a lot of teachers that will schedule a lab session and then go take their spelling tests," said Dana Chambers, ABL...

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Students in Oklahoma City 'do the right thing' after finding cash

"They did the right thing for the right reason when nobody was looking. It shows great character and integrity and that's what...

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University of Oklahoma professor Jizhong Zhou is the recipient of the 2019 American Society for Microbiology Award for...

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Casady students engage in volunteerism at local schools, living centers

Casady School's Upper Division students spent Tuesday giving back to The Village through various volunteer activities at...

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Morning Bell: School safety a growing focus

In a year when school safety has received a lot of attention due to high-profile school shootings, the state Board of Education...

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Dive into OU budget reveals 'surprises'

University of Oklahoma officials have found millions of dollars in savings and millions more in expenses that were not...

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Blanks to be fired during active shooter drill at local school

BETHEL PARK, Pa. - Active shooter training will be conducted Thursday at Bethel Park High School, and students will be...

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Morning Bell: More HS students enroll in college course

The number of Oklahoma students who enroll in college courses while still in high school has nearly doubled in past 11 years,...

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OU finds millions in cost savings

University of Oklahoma President Jim Gallogly will report on the millions of dollars in inefficiencies his administration has...

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Mustang Public Schools hires director of school safety and security

Jennifer Newell has been hired to fill the new position of director of school safety and security for Mustang Public Schools.

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Oklahoma Achievers: Will Brantley to lead recruitment for OBU Graduate College

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Morning Bell: Downtown charter schools continues to expand

At a time when Oklahoma City Public Schools has faced significant budget cuts, dwindling classroom resources and discussed...

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National awards program seeks Oklahoma's top youth volunteers of 2019

Students may apply through Nov. 6 to be considered for The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, which recognizes Oklahoma's...

Oklahoma Baptists weigh in on beleaguered seminary leader

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Oklahomans are among those weighing in for and against Southwest Baptist Theological President Paige Patterson, a prominent and influential Southern Baptist Convention leader who is currently embroiled in controversy surrounding past remarks he...

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Nichols Hills youth earns Eagle Scout rank

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

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Student essays could win D.C. trip

Students who enter an essay contest focusing on the Second Amendment could win the opportunity to attend a weeklong citizenship...

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Morning Bell: The DACA roller coaster continues

This month marks one year since the Trump administration announced it was ending the DACA program.

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Edmond school district OKs new tennis center design

A new design has been approved in an ongoing effort to build a multimillion dollar tennis center in Edmond.

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Who's who list among Oklahoma colleges

Nearly two dozen Oklahoma institutions are ranked in various categories in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of the 2019...

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OU students gain real-world energy experience though new program

Participants in the Ronnie K. Irani Center for Energy Solutions work in groups with students from different energy-related...

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Summit offers engaging lineup for entrepreneurs

As regular readers of this column already know, I am a huge advocate of education. My emphasis tends toward STEM (science,...

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Georgia school reinstating paddling to punish students

A school in Hephzibah, Georgia, is drawing national attention after sending consent forms to parents informing them of a new...

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OKC school board approves calendar changes

Students will return to the classroom in mid-August and end before Memorial Day, while taking one-week breaks in October, at...

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Morning Bell: New abuse reporting law in place

A new Oklahoma now requires citizens to report suspected child abuse or neglect "immediately" rather than just "promptly."

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Downtown charter school continues to expand, leaders eye new building

This year’s addition of sixth grade at John Rex charter school is a product of growing enrollment demands and an indication...

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Oklahoma education notes for Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018

Oklahoma education notes for Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018

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What do you do when prompt isn't fast enough?

Sometimes "prompt" isn't fast enough. Reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect is one of those situations, says state...

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Gateway to OSU program gets new building

Higher education officials dedicated a new Northern Oklahoma College classroom building Friday on the campus of Oklahoma State...

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School board to consider calendar change

Under the proposed calendar, school would start in mid-August and end before Memorial Day, with students taking one-week breaks...

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Why wait for college?

Oklahoma's concurrent enrollment program is growing in the number of high school juniors and seniors participating and the...

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Morning Bell: Local teacher in DC to testify in Kavanaugh hearing

U.S. Grant High School teacher Melissa Smith is in Washington to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the fourth...

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Oklahoma business briefs

Oklahoma business briefs for Sept. 7.

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Winter coat donations still being accepted

Last year's Coat-A-Kid effort resulted in the purchase of 7,000 coats for underprivileged students. Bluesource, a vendor housed...

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Oklahoma teacher to testify in Kavanaugh hearing

An Oklahoma City high school teacher will testify before the Senate judiciary committee on Friday in the ongoing hearing to...

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Today's college students aren't who you think they are, study finds

Nearly 17 million students head to college this fall. About half are financially independent from their parents, and nearly 1...

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Woman pleads guilty to hoax bomb threat at Oklahoma schools

A woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to phoning in a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of seven schools in Claremore.

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Morning Bell: Should Oklahoma recognize bilingualism on a diploma?

Thirty-two states include a Seal of Biliteracy on a student's diploma or transcript, which confirms the high school graduate is...

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Oklahoma keeping its promise

Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship program is doing what it was designed to do — help students from families with limited income...

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Cross-country team receives running shoes

More than 25 Harding Charter Preparatory High School cross-country team members were sized and outfitted with their own pair of...

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Gary Numan to give OKC master class and concert

Gary Numan, a pioneer of electronic music, will press pause on his 2018 tour for a rare, in-person masterclass at 1 p.m. Sept....

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Morning Bell: State board doesn't meet governor's order

The state Board of Education has not complied with Gov. Mary Fallin’s order to identify districts that spend less than 60...

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Effort underway to designate bilingual status on diploma

Thirty-two states include a Seal of Biliteracy on a student’s diploma or transcript, which confirms that the high school...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

American Indian babies in Oklahoma face developing-world danger level

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American Indian babies born in Oklahoma have only a slightly better chance of reaching their first birthday than infants in Libya, where an ongoing civil war has disrupted health services in much of the country.

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University of Central Oklahoma professor Kelly Baker honored with 2018 Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award.

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Morning Bell: Fewer teachers coming out of Oklahoma schools

Last year's count of education majors at Oklahoma universities was 21 percent lower than just four years earlier, according to...

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Medical coding gives hope for Canadian Valley Technology Center graduate

A medical coding program at Canadian Valley Technology Center has inspired one graduate to choose a path toward becoming a doctor.

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Education notes for Sept. 2

STILLWATER OSU alumni group to honor 7 The Oklahoma State University Alumni Association will recognize seven members of the...

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Decisions to close schools will come after public input, OKCPS chief says

Superintendent Sean McDaniel addressed closures at the Aug. 27 school board meeting, telling members that schools will be...

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Museum welcomes students for block party

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum invited students and teachers from the Millwood school community and...

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Oklahoma City district students miss the mark on state exams

Approximately 16,807 Oklahoma City students in grades three through eight were assessed shortly after returning to the...

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Morning Bell: Workforce needs continue to shift

Employers across the country have long claimed there is a shortage of skilled workers to choose from and that includes Oklahoma...

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Teaching standards are outdated, and technology should provide individualized instruction, author says.

Teaching standards are outdated, and technology should provide individualized instruction, author says.

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Catching up with skills gap

Rapid advances in technology are continually changing workforce needs and how students today needed to be for the jobs of...

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College loan debt continues to grow

A new study reports the average student loan debt at graduation from a four-year college is $28,288. Oklahoma's average is...

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Interview and video: David Sanborn talks collaborating with David Bowie, crossing genres and staying true to songs before launching UCO Broadway Tonight series

Over the past six decades, star saxophonist David Sanborn has played Woodstock with bluesman Paul Butterfield, toured with...

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Morning Bell: Teachers grab national headlines

Tuesday's runoff elections in Oklahoma have drawn national attention, especially because of the teacher candidate/activist...

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Morning Bell: Comanche Times reporter saved by football coaches

For more than 25 years Steve Bolton has made it his mission to be at every Comanche school event, whether that's for football,...

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Team wins Bishop McGuinness trivia challenge; proceeds benefit scholarship fund

The Bishop McGuinness Commons was overflowing Saturday night as almost 400 alums, parents and guests attended the 12th annual...

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More than 30 Oklahoma teachers attended the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute in Virginia.

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Drinking water to be shut off at all Detroit public schools

Detroit Public Schools Community District will shut off drinking water at all of its 106 schools after the most recent round of...

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Morning Bell: Lawmakers against teacher pay fall in runoff

Republicans voted out six state House incumbents in what seems to be a clear rebuke of GOP legislators who voted against a tax...

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Oklahoma elections recap: The winners and losers from Tuesday night

Tuesday night's elections have come and gone, and here are all of the big stories you need to know about.

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

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Two college of nursing faculty members have been named fellows of the Gerontological Society of America.

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Guthrie 'meet the teacher' event moved due to construction

The 'meet the teacher' session for Guthrie Schools' Charter Oak Elementary School has been moved to a new location due to...

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Schools chief wins GOP runoff election

State schools chief Joy Hofmeister wins GOP runoff and thanks Oklahoma voters for their support, and promised to work...

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OKC schools: Air conditioning issues fixed at Grant

"Thankfully, the AC challenges at U.S. Grant seem to be improving," Oklahoma City Public Schools spokeswoman Beth Harrison said...

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Morning Bell: Election Day in Oklahoma

It's Election Day in Oklahoma as there are a slew of runoff contests across the state. The headliner for many is the Republican...

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Jane Williams, a social studies teacher at Centennial Elementary School in Edmond, has been named one of 10 finalists for the...

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Online scenarios provide financial lessons for students

The K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal is an Oklahoma powerhouse of authentic resources for teaching and learning...

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Morning Bell: Superintendent faces challenger in runoff

Tomorrow's election will include the Republican runoff for state superintendent. Incumbent Joy Hofmeister is being challenged...

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Animal house? More colleges are saying yes to dogs and cats in dorms

College officials say students today retain closer ties to home than those of previous generations, in part because of social...

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Former OU researcher defends scientific freedom while facing climate change questions

Calling himself a scientist, stormchaser and educator, former University of Oklahoma Vice President Kelvin Droegemeier...

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Edmond Schools investing in security program that places police officers in some schools

Edmond Schools are planning to invest up to $400,000 this year into its School Resource Officer (SRO) security program.

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Midwest City voters to decide on more than $50 million in city improvements

Midwest City voters will decide Tuesday on four bond issues totaling $50.65 million for city improvements.

Stitt backs city option to levy property tax for public safety in Oklahoma

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Republican gubernatorial candidate says he would back bill allowing cities to levy property tax for public safety if farm land is exempted.

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Education notes for Aug. 26

Education notes for Aug. 26

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When Chelsee Lewis Wilson was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in May she considered keeping it to herself.

Nausea, fatigue and insomnia — side effects of treatment — are constant companions. When Lewis Wilson can't sleep she catches...

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National reputation draws hundreds to Oklahoma campus

The forensic science program at the University of Central Oklahoma has grown from 100 students in 2009 to 1,016 students...

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Candidates meet in only forums before superintendent runoff

Just a few days before the Aug. 28 runoff, both Joy Hofmeister and Linda Murphy appeared in two forums on Friday afternoon,...

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What's on the ballot

What's on the ballot

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Homelessness impacts Oklahoma City students

More than 3,000 Oklahoma City Public Schools students were identified as homeless last year. Homelessness causes children to be...

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Recap: GOP state superintendent debate

Follow live coverage from the GOP state superintendent debate.

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Oklahoma Dept of Ed says it didn't ask for review on federal funds to buy guns

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is exploring the idea of letting school districts use federal money to purchase guns,...

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North Carolina student punished after calling teacher 'ma'am'

WASHINGTON (CIRCA) -- A 10 year old from Tarboro, North Carolina was punished in class for saying "yes ma'am" to his...

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Morning Bell: State board approves Native American charter school

The state Board of Education gave approval to a proposed charter school that wants to focus on Native American students.

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State approves American Indian cultural charter school

Organizers of a proposed charter school with a core mission of serving American Indian students won approval from the state...

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State approves record number of emergency teachers

The state Board of Education approved 916 emergency certificates at Thursday's board meeting, bringing the 2018-19 school year...

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After NYU, will more medical schools go tuition-free?

Tuition-free medical school is becoming less of a pipe dream and more of a reality for future medical students.

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Ceremonies welcome freshmen to campus

Thousands of students began fall semester classes this week across Oklahoma.

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State sets new record for emergency teacher use

The state Board of Education has approved more than 2,100 emergency teacher certificates for the new school year, putting...

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Morning Bell: OKC high school opens its own daycare

The child care center is free to teen parents at U.S. Grant. It has the capacity for eight babies or toddlers from birth to 3...

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Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission awards 28 Aerospace and Aviation Education Program grants

Twenty-eight organizations were recently awarded Aerospace and Aviation Education Program grants or contracts totaling $296,697...

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Connor Houghton Karow, 16, of Edmond, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

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Large-scale art project Faces of the 47th to raise awareness of Oklahoma's low ranking for education funding

To raise awareness of Oklahoma’s low ranking for public education funding, a group of state artists are launching Faces of the...

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Morning Bell: Art project to highlight education funding struggles

To raise awareness of Oklahoma’s low ranking for public education funding, a group of state artists are launching Faces of the...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

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Harding alums, seniors to meet for 'Bring’em Back Chat'

A 'Bring’em Back Chat' event is planned from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 4 as the Harding Charter Preparatory High School Senior Capstone...

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Gallogly, McDaniel headline chamber event

"I think for me and for us, when we talk about equity we’re talking about providing access to an opportunity to everyone, to...

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Finding more teachers a focus for Oklahoma schools

Last year's count of education majors at Oklahoma universities was 21 percent lower than just four years earlier.

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UCO professor arrested, accused of indecent exposure

A University of Central Oklahoma professor has been accused of exposing himself at a laundromat.

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Recap: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's annual State of the Schools luncheon

The Oklahoman's Kathryn McNutt and Tim Willert tweeted from the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's annual State of the...

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Morning Bell: Personalized learning grows, has some setbacks

Today is part three in a four-part series from The Oklahoman exploring the impact the two-week teacher walkout in April had on...

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OU engineering students build relationships, projects during AT&T Summer Bridge Program

University of Oklahoma incoming freshmen planning to major in engineering put their skills in play earlier this month during...

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Trump nominee leaves OU post

Kelvin Droegemeier has stepped down as vice president for research at the University of Oklahoma to prepare for his...

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After the walkout: Reading, writing and politics

The walkout sent a jolt through Oklahoma politics, which is being felt in elections across the state.

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Once confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Oklahoman Kelvin Droegemeier will be filling a position that has been vacant for almost 20 months, the longest ever since...

Kelvin Droegemeier, vice president for research at the University of Oklahoma and regents’ professor of meteorology, can have a...

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UCO awards Leadership Scholarships to OKC students

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UNC students knock down Silent Sam Confederate statue

Protesters on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, knocked over the controversial Silent Sam...

The OK -- The Health Issue

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I turned seven in 1968, the youngest of four, but old enough to remember the dinner table disagreements that sometimes grew heated. My dad, a combat veteran of World War II, at that point, still supported America's involvement in Vietnam. My...

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Morning Bell: What changed (and what didn't) after the walkout?

On Sunday, I started a four-part series called "After the Walkout," which takes a closer look at how Oklahoma's public...

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A new generation enters a changing school system

It was the first day of school for prekindergarten students, the class of 2032, a new generation of Oklahomans embarking on a...

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Oklahoma education notes for Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018

Oklahoma education notes for Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018

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Oklahoma goes back to school in the post-walkout world

As teachers prepare for the first new school year since a two-week walkout, educators are faced with the reality of what the...

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Executive Q&A with Scarlet Le-Cao: Vietnamese immigrant grabs hold of the American dream she watched as a girl on the silver screen

Executive Q&A with Scarlet Le-Cao: Vietnamese immigrant grabs hold of the American dream she watched as a girl on the...

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What's new on campus?

Oklahoma Christian University is addressing the challenges facing small private colleges by constantly adapting and adding new...

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Back to school for first-year teacher

Mathis, 25, is both nervous and excited as she walks across the building to her classroom. The married mother of two has traded...

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Arch Alexander Award of Excellence presented during the 51st annual Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Summer Conference.

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Hugs, high-fives

Several school districts started the new school year on Thursday.

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Morning Bell: After the Walkout series coming Sunday

Oklahoma students are in the process of starting a new school year, the first new school year since the state’s public...

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New president, freshmen begin journey together

The University of Oklahoma installed Jim Gallogly as the university's 14th president — the first new president in nearly 24...

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U.S. Grant High School celebrates opening of child care center

U.S. Grant High School recently opened a child care center for children of teen parents. Having the child care center at the...

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Two arrested in connection with threat against Norman middle school

Police arrested two men suspected of making threats against Alcott Middle School, officials said.

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Student stabbed Thursday at Luther High School, one student in custody

A student was stabbed at Luther High School Thursday. One student was taken into custody

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Morning Bell: First public Montessori school prepares to open

Oklahoma's first public Montessori school is getting ready to open in Tulsa. The first day of classes is next Wednesday at...

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University of Oklahoma freshman awarded $1,000 scholarship by the OKC Tall Club from the Tall Clubs International Foundation.

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Freshmen process across campus

Oklahoma City University welcomed incoming freshmen Wednesday morning in its traditional matriculation convocation ceremony.

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UCO students gain international business experience

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Oklahoman's David Dishman was one of the students who participated in a trip to Switzerland as part of his...

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Grant provides Bishop McGuinness with upgraded audio system in music room

A new audio system has been installed in the Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School music room following a grant from the...

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Yukon's Parkland Elementary School receives award at Healthy Schools Oklahoma annual awards reception

Parkland Elementary School was honored recently with the Action Based Learning School of the Year award by Healthy Schools...

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Tequila Songbirds wrapping USAO concert series Friday

CHICKASHA – The Tequila Songbirds will wrap up the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Alumni Association’s first season...

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What to do in Oklahoma on Aug. 15, 2018: Catch a free matinee showing of 'The Last Picture Show' at the National Cowboy Museum

The screening is part of the museum's ongoing Western Movie Matinees series at 1 p.m. Wednesdays in its Dub & Mozelle...

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Morning Bell: Achille school closes following social media posts

The Achille school district had started the new year last week, but following a series of threatening Facebook posts the...

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Patricia Dotter, of the Daughters of the American Revolution, won third place nationally in cross-stitch and third place in...

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Student communities boosting success

A few hundred Oklahoma State University students are moving into living-learning communities with peers who share a common...

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New students moved in Saturday at UCO

UCO's New Student Move-In Day brought students to campus to check-in, get their dorm keys and then start unloading and carrying...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

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OKC Indian Clinic hosts back-to-school health fairs

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic recently held its back-to-school children’s and adolescents' health fairs, treating more than 340...

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OKC school board approve pay increases

"We are working to finalize the implementation plan for these pay increases no later than September 15, 2018," McDaniel said in...

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Metro-area districts courting first-year teachers

Putnam City Schools is the latest metro-area district to propose paying its first-year teachers a $40,000 annual salary. The...

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2018-19 OCU Film Institute to feature movies by Taika Waititi, Guillermo del Toro, Agnes Varda and more

The Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature at Oklahoma City University has revealed the theme, titles and...

Nine being assisted through 'commutation campaign' advance to stage two

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Thirty-two individuals who are being assisted through a "commutation campaign" led by Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform have advanced to the second stage of review. The Pardon and Parole Board voted to advance 23 individuals last month. The...

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Morning Bell: Planning for winter through coat-a-kid

Already this year donors have contributed nearly $30,000 to The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public School's annual Coat-A-Kid...

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Survey: Pay raises have little effect on teacher shortage

Two-thirds of districts that responded to the survey said they expect emergency certified teachers will be needed to fill...

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OU researcher, business school dean connect at BioScience Networking event

Serendipity showed up at the recent Oklahoma BioScience Networking luncheon in the person of Daniel Pullin, dean of the Michael...

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Clancy Bruce, 17, of Choctaw, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

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Safety important as schools start this month

Steve Lindley, chief communications officer with Putnam City Schools, offers safety suggestions that are applicable to all...

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Morning Bell: Inspiring students to pursue a college degree

If your a student stepping into Daniel Griswold's sixth-grade classroom you will be greeted by colorful pennants and posters...

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OKC district, charter leaders discuss working together

Wednesday's meeting included charter leaders, school board members and new Oklahoma City Schools Superintendent Sean McDaniel.

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Edmond Schools approves contract for Cimarron Middle School storm shelter

The Edmond Board of Education has contracted with a company to build a $3 million shelter at Cimarron Middle School, 3701 S...

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Online threats made against transgender student

LGBTQ advocates are expressing support for a female student in a small southeastern Oklahoma school district following a series...

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Plenty of vacancies at OU luxury dorms

Upperclassmen move in Wednesday at the University of Oklahoma, but many of the 1,830 beds reserved for them in luxury dorms...

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Elected city officials often take office without a basic understanding of local government.

Oklahoma City University has created a certificate program for prospective city council candidates — and anyone else interested...

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Online threats made against transgender student

LGBTQ advocates are expressing support for a female student in a small southeastern Oklahoma school district following a series...

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OCU business school honors 3 local leaders

Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business will honor three business and community leaders during the 32nd annual...

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Inspiring a passion to learn

Daniel Griswold does more than teacher geography to his sixth-graders at Yukon Middle School. He shows them education doesn't...

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Thousands of students each year in Oklahoma City Public Schools need help with acquiring a warm winter coat.

The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools works in partnership with the OKCPS Community Relations team each year to be...

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Education notes for August 12

Education notes for August 12

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AT&T Oklahoma awards $25,000 grant to Edmond Public Schools Foundation

AT&T Oklahoma has awarded the Edmond Public Schools Foundation a $25,000 grant.

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Bishop McGuinness hosts trivia night to benefit scholarships

The Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School Alumni Association will host the 12th annual Trivia Night on Aug. 25 in the Bishop...

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Canadian Valley Technology Center students and instructors are celebrating a baker’s dozen of national champions.

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Ashton Byrum named new director of University of Oklahoma's musical theater school

NORMAN– Ashton Byrum, an accomplished actor, educator and director of critically acclaimed theater productions, has been named...

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Morning Bell: On sex education Oklahoma is 'playing catch up'

For teens that do become parents, there is a lot of need for support and resources.

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Medical pot banned at OU, OSU

Oklahoma's two largest universities are banning medical marijuana on campus.

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Morning Bell: Let's talk about education in Oklahoma

The Oklahoman has launched a new Facebook page called DIG: Education. From The Oklahoman's Dig Team, the newspaper's rapid...

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Teachers shop for free supplies, books

By the end of the day Tuesday, upwards of 1,000 teachers walked away from the charity's Teacher Store with shopping bags full...

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Canadian Valley Technology Center’s Chickasha Campus will offer an employer medical marijuana webinar on Aug. 16

A webinar featuring an action plan for employers regarding medical marijuana will be held Aug. 16 at Canadian Valley Technology...

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Congressman and school official discuss need for immigration fixes

A congressman and an Oklahoma City Public Schools official both took part in a Wednesday forum on immigration, each...

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UCO colleges have awarded scholarships to Oklahoma City area students.

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Canadian Valley Technology Center’s short-term courses to begin Monday

Daytime and evening short-term classes will begin Monday at Canadian Valley Technology Center’s three area campuses.

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Lightning strikes delay move in at University of Oklahoma

Move-in times for students going through sorority rush at the University of Oklahoma were delayed two hours Wednesday because...

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Morning Bell: Oklahoma student proficiency rates are down

Oklahoma student proficiency rates are down slightly in almost every grade and subject after a second year of higher academic...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

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Edmond Schools administrators not scrambling to hire teachers for new school year

For the first time in at least four years, Edmond School administrators won't be scrambling to hire teachers on the eve of a...

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Metro Tech student is a cut above

Juan Carrillo is returning to Metro Tech to complete his cosmetology training.

The OK -- The Travel Issue

LifeMay 6, 2018

As probably too many of my co-workers here at The Oklahoman can tell you, I bleed purple. In a newsroom and state where the favored college colors tend to crimson and cream or orange and black, that can make a fella feel, well, let's just say...

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'Makes me shake with rage': Japan probe shows university cut...

A Japanese medical school deliberately cut women's entrance test scores for at least a decade, an investigation panel said on...

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Morning Bell: Disney Musicals program comes to OKC schools

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma has been awarded a $120,000 grant to bring the Disney Musicals in Schools program to Oklahoma City...

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Four alumni to be inducted into Capitol Hill High School Hall of Fame

Four alumni will be honored Aug. 18 at the Capitol Hill High School Hall of Fame banquet.

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State briefs for Aug. 7

OKLAHOMA CITY Local child abuse prevention program available The CARE Center, Oklahoma County's only child advocacy center, is...

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UCO Oklahoma Center for Arts Education’s ‘Dance and Down Syndrome’ camp connects community to dance

UCO’s Oklahoma Center for Arts Education and Department of Dance brought dance and music excerpts from Disney’s 'The...

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Leadership skills are what these summits are about.

American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance & Cooperative enjoyed a robust turnout for its youth and high school...

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Morning Bell: OKC schools no longer named for Confederate generals

Oklahoma City school started a new year last week and three school returned with new names. Mary Golda Ross, Esperanza and...

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Police shoot it out in Norman

The Dale DeBerry Memorial Regional and State Police Pistol Combat Championships concluded Saturday at the Norman Police...

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College students offered free groceries

Oklahoma City Community College students will have a no-cost food pantry on campus when fall classes begin and increased mentor...

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Education notes for August 5

OU cuts back on new Merit Scholars NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma has cut back on its recruitment of National Merit...

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Moore teen racks up another chess championship

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Welcome to the team

With much fanfare, students at the new Cristo Rey Catholic High School learned which businesses they would work for during the...

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'Full of hope': New Cristo Rey Catholic High School students participate in ceremonies, series of firsts

The days leading up to new private school's grand opening have been filled with several firsts, as the students received their...

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Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma awarded $120,000 grant for Disney Musicals in Schools program

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma has been awarded a $120,000 grant from Disney to bring the Disney Musicals in Schools program to...

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Morning Bell: Tulsa schools to focus on 'pervasive racial disparities'

Tulsa Public Schools is pledging to fix the systemic inequities that exist in the district and it will start by admitting that...

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New school year, new school names

"We feel like it is a good name for the school. It shows the hope that this school has," said Fatima Calderon, 14, whose twin...

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Before your kids go to college, discuss these 3 money issues

Q&A with Rachel Johnson: Before your kids go to college, discuss these 3 money issues

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OU repays the Oklahoma City VA about $14,000 after federal report

The University of Oklahoma has repaid the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System more than $14,000 after a federal report found...

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Revisions to MBA program yield transformational knowledge in 16 months

Oklahoma Baptist University has updated its core MBA courses emphasizing the transformational nature of business in line with...

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Morning Bell: 'I'm excited to see everybody back'

Oklahoma City Public Schools students returned to class yesterday and there was plenty of nervous excitement to go around.

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Awards go to top CareerTech teacher, advocate

Outstanding teachers were honored Wednesday at the annual Oklahoma CareerTech Summer Conference. The award for Teacher of the...

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First day of school for OKC district students

"You hope everything goes the way that you want it to, and that all the kids are successful like you want them to be. I'm...

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Five things to know as OKCPS starts a new school year

Oklahoma City Public Schools held it's first day of class on Wednesday and there are plenty of important story lines to follow...

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Morning Bell: Several Oklahoma school districts plan Election Day holiday

At least seven Oklahoma public school districts, including the state's two largest, have scheduled an off day for Nov. 6 in...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

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Heading back to school in style

"We have families that can’t afford haircuts. When those needs are met and kids feel good about themselves, then we’re going to...

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Morning Bell: Teen summer jobs decline

The share of American teenagers working in the summer fell to 35 percent in 2017, down from roughly 50 percent in 2000,...

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Advait Patel placed second in U.S. Junior Championship hosted by the Saint Louis Chess Club.

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GE Summer Science Academy takes creative approach to academic, engineering challenges

Inside a science laboratory on the campus of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, teams of students last week...

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Morning Bell: OKC schools prepare for new year

Teachers across the state are getting ready for a new school year, especially in Oklahoma City Public Schools, which returns to...

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Teacher pay raises delayed in OKC district

"We felt it was important to work closely with our union partners in the interpretation and implementation of the statutes,"...

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Several schools plan Election Day holiday

At least seven Oklahoma public school districts, including the state's two largest, have scheduled an off day for Nov. 6 in...

Oklahoma River to get a tree makeover

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A mostly barren 3.5-mile stretch of the Oklahoma River south of downtown is set to get an influx of 1,000 trees, patches of wildflowers and natural grasses, and about 50 natural stone benches as part of a 50th anniversary celebration next year by...

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Education notes for July 29

Education notes for July 29

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Fresh start for OKC school district

Leslie Scrivner can't wait for Wednesday, the first day of school for 46,000 Oklahoma City district students and new...

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College behind bars is life-changing

The number of inmates enrolling in college courses has skyrocketed since the U.S. Department of Education launched the Second...

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New superintendent ready to get started

"I've never been one to make decisions, very often, in a vacuum, in my office, behind a closed door," Oklahoma City Public...

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Fraternity remains closed

Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity does not plan to return to the University of Oklahoma, an official at the national headquarters...

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Oklahoma business briefs

Oklahoma business briefs for July 28, 2018

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State's use of emergency certified teachers continues to grow

More than 1,200 emergency certified teachers will be used in Oklahoma classrooms with just a few weeks before schools begin a...

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Can Edmond students survive this?

Beginning this school year, Edmond Public Schools students will no longer be allowed to use cellphones during class time.

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Select Norman district students face random drug testing

Chief Operating Officer Justin Milner said the new policy — unanimously approved by the school board July 16 — will provide...

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OU says ex-official violated state law

An internal audit by the University of Oklahoma shows OU's former chief diversity officer misused a university vehicle and made...

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Morning Bell: Child care centers are on the decline

Since 2012, the numbers of centers and homes providing child care in Oklahoma has dropped 23 percent, from 4,200 to about...

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Steven Stefanick has been named principal of Harding Charter Preparatory High School.

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Ex-OU official says he was forced out

Jabar Shumate said he was told he could either resign as the University of Oklahoma's chief diversity officer or be terminated....

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Morning Bell: Several churches help families with back to school

Several Oklahoma City-area churches and faith-based organizations will offer free school supplies, back packs and other aid as...

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Diversity officer leaves university

The University of Oklahoma's chief diversity officer has resigned following a reorganization of OU's executive staff. Jabar...

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OU VP resigns

Jabar Shumate, Associate Vice President for University Community, resigned.

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Morning Bell: Opposition to teacher pay tax may have cost some lawmakers

Ten incumbent state House members (all Republicans) face runoff elections next month, and seven of those incumbents now...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

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Meet Patsy Armstrong, the first woman in Oklahoma State’s football recruiting department

Mike Gundy hired Armstrong as OSU’s director of on-campus recruiting in February.

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Schools, fearing threats, look to facial recognition technology for additional security

The surveillance system that has kept watch on students entering Lockport schools for over a decade is getting a novel upgrade....

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Morning Bell: When does your district start the new school year?

Oklahoma City Public Schools start a new school year on Aug. 1, while other districts throughout the state return to class over...

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Shortage of doctors can have deadly consequences

Access to a primary care doctor is inadequate for a majority of Oklahomans. The Oklahoma State University Center for Health...

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Education notes for July 22

Regional university board notes 70th year The Regional University System of Oklahoma is celebrating 70 years of serving...

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Colleges ask for a share of future salary in lieu of loans

As more students balk at the debt loads they face after graduation, some colleges are offering an alternative: We'll pay your...

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OKC school district accepting volunteer applications

District volunteers are asked to submit a new application at the start of every school year. Additionally, volunteers also must...

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Bethany school district names new leaders

The school board hired Mark Melton to succeed Matthew Flinton as principal after Flinton was named chief operating officer of...

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Oklahoma panhandling teacher returns 1 year later

She seeks contributions to buy classroom supplies so teachers don’t have to.

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Morning Bell: 'It can be hard for (nonwhite) students to see themselves becoming a teacher'

In a state where more than half of all public school students are nonwhite, nearly 86 percent of Oklahoma teachers are white, a...

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Revenue raised through a golden chance to snare mineral rights will go a long way toward retiring a bankrupt Oklahoma school's debt.

The amount of money raised during a three-day-long auction involving mineral rights owned by the bankrupt St. Gregory's...

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Morning Bell: Officials prepare for school intruder with drill

Yesterday was a chaotic scene at Norman North High School as school personnel and law enforcement officials took part in a...

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Norman police stage armed intruder drill at school

"We were just told to act like you would in a real situation, because it would be total chaos," Denise Madole said. "We were...

Three local teens to paddle in Europe for Team USA

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When they started paddling on the Oklahoma River half a dozen years ago, local high schoolers Colin McMullen, Camden Sexton, and Gus Cook probably didn’t weigh more than 150 pounds — together. The three were so small they were in a constant battle...

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OKC district names interim leader

Assistant Principal Erica Ajayi will replace Principal Aspasia Carlson, who resigned Tuesday to accept a position with Tulsa...

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Video: Retired Oklahoma high school music teacher featured on Steve Hartman’s ‘On the Road’ series on 'CBS Evening News'

PONCA CITY – A retired high school music teacher has been featured on the "CBS Evening News" after his nearly 300 of his...

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Morning Bell: Tulsa staff seek more support from district

Tulsa Public Schools is hindered in its ability to teach students and retain talented teachers, in part by staff members’...

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OU to celebrate 2 new beginnings

The inauguration of Jim Gallogly as the University of Oklahoma’s 14th president will be held Aug. 16 in conjunction with New...

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John Marshall principal resigns to accept Tulsa job

"OKCPS thanks Dr. Carlson for her contributions and wishes her well in her new role with Tulsa Public Schools," Superintendent...

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Morning Bell: Medical marijuana and schools

Some school leaders have concerns that this will lead to an increase in teenage drug use, which numerous studies seem to...

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OKC school board approves revised plan for renting facilities

The school board voted 5-1 Monday night to approve revisions to the district's facilities use policy, including one clarifying...

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UCO students to get more, healthier meal options

Work has begun on a new campus dining center scheduled to open in spring 2020 at the University of Central Oklahoma. The goal...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

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Edmond teen gets perfect score on ACT — twice

Edmond Santa Fe High School student Michael Yu is experiencing academic success few American teens will ever know. He's the...

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12 college presidents paid $1 million or more

Chief executives of public colleges nationwide were paid on average about $560,000 in fiscal year 2017, but a dozen took home...

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Schools unsure impact of medical marijuana law

As Oklahoma prepares for a medical marijuana program that is still being developed, school leaders across the state have raised...

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Morning Bell: Oklahoma students give advice to new teachers

State schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister led a panel discussion at Norman North High School last week with students who took...

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Education notes for July 15

Nonprofit elects CareerTech chief to board office Oklahoma CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack has been elected...

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Candid discussion: Oklahoma students give advice to new teachers

"If you're a new teacher, let them know that you are a new teacher," he said. "It's OK, you don't have to keep it a secret,"...

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Petition drive seeks to overturn Stillwater tax district

Stillwater’s newly created Tax Increment Finance district faces a petition drive calling for a citywide vote on whether to...

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Morning Bell: Top state teachers named

The state Department of Education has named the 12 finalists for 2019 Oklahoma State Teacher of the Year.

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University sold at auction

A daylong auction of items from the former St. Gregory's University brought in $331,000 Thursday. Proceeds will be used to pay...

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Top teacher finalists announced

"These 12 teachers represent some of Oklahoma’s finest educators who are making a difference in the lives of our students every...

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Morning Bell: OKC principal heads to Tulsa

John Marshall Mid-High Principal Aspasia Carlson has been offered the position of project director for Reimagine High School by...

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Ex-principal suing OKC district for damages

At the time of the shootings in October 2016, Jones "repeatedly requested resources such as adequate security and additional...

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State's top principal leaving OKC district post

"We have made an offer to Dr. Carlson and look forward to the possibility of benefiting from her experience and vision at Tulsa...

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Morning Bell: Another Oklahoma school allows armed teachers

The Hartshorne Public Schools Board of Education unanimously voted last month to allow personnel to carry guns so long as...

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2 OKC colleges closing child care centers

Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City and Oklahoma City Community College are closing their child care facilities this summer...

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Morning Bell: Tulsa taps into reserve funds to offset declining state aid

Leaders at Tulsa Public Schools say decline state aid has continued to made current staffing levels unsustainable.

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

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Science Museum Oklahoma hosts open house, promotes site for gatherings

Event planners, nonprofit professionals and board members, and those interested in a new venue for private events are invited...

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Morning Bell: Mayor vows an education-focused office

I was in the Oklahoma City mayor's conference room last week, which new OKC mayor David Holt had decorated with the photos of...

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University on the auction block

Thousands of books — including centuries-old religious texts — will be offered for sale Thursday during an auction of personal...

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Early career education program seeks to help new, struggling teachers

The Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration and The K20 Center at the University of Oklahoma have developed a...

Oklahoma State Fair offers wild encounters

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Clad in scuba gear, a man swims closer and closer to a live shark. Hundreds of feet away, a woman cracks a whip as a horse gallops around an arena. In the distance a chainsaw’s engine revs as sawdust flies in the air. Visitors to the Oklahoma...

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Oklahoma education notes for June 8

Oklahoma education notes for June 8

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Bryan Duke recently was named the recipient of the Jane Morse Service Award by the Oklahoma Association of Colleges for Teacher...

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Canadian Valley Technology Center students volunteer at camp first aid station

Students enrolled in Canadian Valley Technology Center’s Practical Nursing program each contributed their time at a day camp's...

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Metro Tech and Community Action Agency host small business training seminars

Metro Technology Centers and the Community Action Agency will host small business training seminars beginning July 17.

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Mom's secret recording catches kindergarten teacher calling 5-year-old a 'loser'

By the second week of school last fall, Kandy Escotto knew something was amiss with her 5-year-old. Her son, Aaron, complained...

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Morning Bell: Oklahoma ranks near bottom in KIDS COUNT study

While Oklahoma made significant gains in reducing teen births and reducing the number of children without health insurance in...

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Morning Bell: Should schools be concerned about medical marijuana?

After Oklahomans approved medical marijuana in an election last month, Edmond Public Schools officials voiced concerns of the...

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Oklahoma Hall of Fame to award one high school senior $6,000 scholarship

$6,000 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Scholarship Applications Now Open

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Area students attent Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s 30th annual Middle School Band Camp.

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Morning Bell: A summer camp for children dealing with trauma

Camp Hope is an annual weeklong camp for kids who have witnessed or been victims of domestic violence, and it appears to be...

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Edmond Schools voices concerns of possible medical marijuana impact on students

Edmond Public Schools officials voiced concerns this week of the possible impact of legal medical marijuana on thousands of...

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Morning Bell: Why this year's 'teachers caucus' is different

Just like two years ago, this year's elections for state House and Senate seats include dozens of teachers who are running on a...

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McDaniel takes over as OKC district leader

It was the first school board meeting for new Superintendent Sean McDaniel, whose first official workday was Monday.

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Research, teaching center offers students an experience

Faculty and students await the opening of the STEM Teaching and Research Center this fall on the University of Central Oklahoma...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

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There's no summer break for entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs don’t get a summer break. It doesn’t matter whether the businesses they are working to build are Main Street or...

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Oklahoma's school plan receives federal approval

Oklahoma's consolidated public school plan has received final approval from the U.S. Department of Education, a required...

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Video: New OKCU president welcomed with sweet serenade

Oklahoma City University President Martha Burger is serenaded Monday, her first day in on the job, by alumni Peter Markes and...

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New OU president slashes staff on first day

University of Oklahoma President Jim Gollogly has cuts his executive staff from 25 to 17 on the first day in office. Many...

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State may give speech pathologists $5,000 bonus for first time in two years

The state Department of Education news release noted that the appropriation was dependent on the approval of state budget...

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Morning Bell: Challenges and opportunities for teachers unions

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that public employees can't be forced to pay fees to labor unions that represent them in...

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Teacher tried to hypnotize young female students, force them to call him 'master,' police say

A third-grade teacher in Pennsylvania tried to hypnotize young girls, forced them to call him “master” and made them perform...

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Time to check politicians' voting records

Campaign promises can be easily forgotten by both the candidate and the public, but there are many resources to find where...

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Education notes

2 web nursing programs rank in top 50 Best College Reviews has named two Oklahoma institutions in its 2018 list of the top 50...

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Compared to 2016, even more teachers on the ballot

Nearly 30 teachers won a primary election last week, setting up a November general election when education will remain a...

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This month's Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Camp drew students throughout Oklahoma to Southwestern...

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Norman math teacher follows mother to national honors

NORMAN — Macey Stewart's career path was heavily influenced by her mother, a longtime math teacher at Eisenhower Elementary...

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SNU program helps adult students finish their degrees

Early innovation allows adult students at Southern Nazarene University the opportunity to experience educational success. After...

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Morning Bell: Teacher candidates move on in elections

A few days after the Oklahoma primaries we are still trying to sort through the madness. But one thing we saw was dozens of...

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College costs going up at all but 4 schools

Tuition and mandatory fees will go up an average $224 next academic year for full-time undergraduate students at Oklahoma's 25...

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Will Farrell says he was a serious candidate for Oklahoma state superintendent

Heather Griswold, Hofmeister's public affairs chief, remarked on Twitter: "I am sick to my stomach knowing that an opponent for...

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Morning Bell: Teacher-pay vote costly for some lawmakers

Nine of the 19 House lawmakers who voted against tax hikes in March were either voted out of office Tuesday or face a runoff...

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EX-OKCPS principal to lead Millwood school

Warren Pete will lead Millwood Arts Academy Middle School as its principal beginning July 23,

Oklahoma's electric utilities prepare for emerging technology

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Oklahoma's electric utilities must be flexible as they work with changing consumer and industry behaviors, industry leaders said this week at the 2018 Emerging Technology Conference.

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Faculty pay raises require higher student costs

Several presidents of the state's 25 public colleges and universities are seeking an increase in tuition and fees to fund a pay...

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Christopher Jones, of Shawnee, has been nominated for The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Massachusetts.

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Oklahoma City Public Schools is hosting job fair for teachers, others

Oklahoma City Public Schools is hosting a career fair Thursday in hopes of filling more than 160 teaching vacancies for the...

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Morning Bell: State superintendent race heads to runoff

Joy Hofmeister was forced into a runoff in the Republican primary for state superintendent.

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Metro Tech and OSU-OKC award inaugural Dr. Dennis Portis III Scholarship.

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Hofmeister, Murphy headed toward runoff in Oklahoma schools chief race

Oklahoma schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister fought a tougher-than-expected battle in Tuesday night's Republican primary and...

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Morning Bell: Election Day in Oklahoma

Primary elections are taking place across Oklahoma, including races for governor and many state Senate and House seats. The...

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Tuition going up at all but one regional university

Tuition will increase this fall at all but one of the institutions in the Regional University System of Oklahoma under fiscal...

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Oklahoma needs STEM education to produce good jobs

Jeff Weber, CEO of zone·tv, was in the first graduating class of the Management Information Systems (MIS) program at the...

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Eighth-grade girls visit Devon Energy to explore jobs, hands-on activities

Dozens of eighth-grade girls from across the state visited Devon Energy Center this month as part of the Southwest Alliance for...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunion listings

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Teacher hiring struggles remain despite pay raise

Just a few months after state lawmakers approved a pay raise for Oklahoma educators, hiring teachers remains a challenge for...

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OKC school board approves projected budget

The district is projecting $124.4 million in state aid, an increase of about $22 million over last year. The increase, though,...

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'Batman teacher' honored as district Teacher of the Year for Yukon Public Schools.