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Governor Pushes For Consolidation, But School Leaders Say ‘Administration’ Isn’t Waste

Robert Romines is the Superintendent of Moore Public Schools. He says many administrators are very involved with classroom instruction on a day-to-day basis.

Education leaders in Oklahoma say Gov. Mary Fallin’s executive order on school consolidation oversimplified a very complicated issue. The November 21 order directs school districts that don’t spend at least 60 percent of their budget on instruction to consolidate administrative staff with other districts. A strict interpretation of this rule would force most Oklahoma school [...]

One Idea To Help Fund Oklahoma Schools: Take From The Rich And Give To The Rest

The wind blows strong and steady in Calumet, a small town about 40 miles west of Oklahoma City. It’s the wind that’s prompted companies to build turbines here. A natural gas company also built a plant nearby. In northeastern Oklahoma, Google built a large data center in Pryor. And the city of Cushing is flanked [...]

What Do Monkey Bars and Test Scores Have In Common? More Than You Might Think

On the playground at Chattanooga Elementary School some kids are pretending to be pirates, a few boys are climbing on a baseball dugout, and another group is belting out the words to various pop songs as they wriggle across the monkey bars. This is the students’ third 15-minute recess of the day, and they’ll get [...]

Oklahoma City Public Schools Might Sue State For Underfunding Education

Oklahoma City Public School's Superintendent Aurora Lora and Board of Education member, Mark Mann, announce plans to sue the legislature over education funding.

The Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education is considering legal action against the legislature for underfunding education. Board member Mark Mann said the Oklahoma Legislature puts mandates on schools without giving them enough money to fulfill the obligations, which he says creates unfunded liabilities for Oklahoma City Public Schools and other districts across the [...]

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