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WahZhaZhe, Tsalagi, Español: No Matter The Language, COVID Creates Challenges For Immersion Learning

Jan 14, 2021

In normal circumstances, foreign language immersion instruction requires some classroom creativity to make it work.

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Oklahoma Schools Will Benefit From Latest COVID-19 Relief Package

Dec 23, 2020
a school classroom with empty chairs
comedy_nose / Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma school finances have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. But the new coronavirus relief package will be a much needed buoy for the state’s districts.

School Funding Outlook Distressing In An Already Difficult Year

Nov 29, 2020
As Edmond Memorial High School's Elanna Dobbs and other teachers cope with the challenges of teaching in a pandemic, public school districts across Oklahoma are bracing for budget cuts for the 2021-22 school year.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma public school districts are bracing for additional funding cuts this school year and next, even as they currently struggle to teach students during a pandemic with fewer state dollars.

Josh Brock, Epic Charter School’s CFO, is seen at a board meeting on Oct. 16, 2019.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

A group of Republican lawmakers are calling for an investigative audit of Oklahoma’s State Department of Education in the wake of state auditor Cindy Byrd’s explosive report about Epic Charter Schools.

Oklahoma’s State Board Of Education To Discuss Schools’ COVID-19 Protocols

Aug 26, 2020
A display of typical school supplies and electronic devices being distributed to Oklahoma City Public School students is pictured at Eugene Field Elementary School, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Oklahoma’s State Board of Education will meet Thursday to talk about schools’ COVID-19 protocols. StateImpact’s Robby Korth reports the board will discuss how reopening has gone across the state during the first few weeks of classes. 

Oklahoma Schools' COVID-19 Guidelines Are Widely Ignored By Many Rural Districts

Aug 24, 2020
Stilwell Superintendent Geri Gilstrap originally recommended the district start the school year with distance learning, but the Stilwell Board of Education voted in favor of the community's wishes to reopen in-person classes.
Faith Phillips / Stilwll High School

The 800 residents of Dewar have been fairly split.

Half of the eastern Oklahoma town’s parents told the local school district they refused to send their children to school with a mask, Superintendent Todd Been said. The other half wouldn’t send their children unless everyone wore one.

official state portrait
State Department of Education

Oklahoma school districts are nearing time to welcome students back for classes. The pressure is building for students to return to the classroom, but the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a reevaluation of teaching methods and how to keep students, staff and teachers safe. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister discussed the critical issues involved and how Oklahoma schools are planning to operate during the fall with KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol news director Shawn Ashley.

"Alfalfa" Bill Murray
Oklahoma Historical Society

When Oklahoma A&M officials told Alfalfa Bill Murray they wanted to put his name on a university building in 1935, he wasn’t sure it was a good idea.

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Here’s What School Could Look Like For Oklahoma Students Next Fall

May 28, 2020

The coronavirus will change school next fall.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education has issued a series of guidelines for schools. But will we see a statewide shutdown of schools and shift to distance learning next fall like we did this spring?

Legislature Lays Out Policy Priorities In Bills Sent To Governor

May 18, 2020
The Oklahoma State Capitol is being renovated.
Ryan LaCroix / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

Because of a legislative session shortened by COVID-19, only a handful of education policy bills moved through the House and Senate to make it to the governor’s desk

A group of rural Oklahoma lawmakers are asking the State Department of Education to reconsider rules they say would end four-day school weeks.

A letter sent out by the Council for Great City Schools calls for stimulus funding to head off an "educational catastrophe." The letter was signed by OKC Public Schools Superintendent Sean McDaniel and Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist
Courtesy Council of Great City Schools

Without a massive bailout from the federal government, the nation’s largest school districts face an “educational catastrophe,” according to a letter signed by Tulsa and Oklahoma City’s superintendents.

Kindergarten teacher Michelle Brooks works on sounding out letters with her class at Nichols Hills Enterprise Elementary School on Feb. 11.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

Reading experts and brain scientists agree nearly every child can learn to read if they are taught using explicit, systematic, research-based instruction. 

So why aren’t all teachers and schools using this method? 

A Zoom meeting of Oklahoma's State Board of Education.
Robby Korth / StateImpact Oklahoma

Though it’s unclear what school will look like, recent graduates and others will be able to teach in Oklahoma in fall 2020.

The state school board voted to unanimously allow a one-time, single year certification for people who were on track to get their certification.

Coronavirus Pandemic Will Likely Shrink Oklahoma Teach For America Corps

Apr 16, 2020
Teach for America member Symone Thompson (center) reacts during an Induction Placement Ceremony, after finding out she would be teaching at Oklahoma City's Millwood Arts Academy in the fall.
Teach for America

The more than 200 Teach for America Corps members working throughout Oklahoma are continuing to work with their students wherever possible.

Oklahoma State Superintendent Says COVID-19 Reinforces Need For Digital Access

Mar 30, 2020
State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister leads the Oklahoma State Board of Education meeting last week to vote on closing schools for the remainder of the 2020 spring semester. The closures were necessitated to combat COVID-19.
Robby Korth / StateImpact Oklahoma

Joy Hofmeister wants the internet in the home of every Oklahoma student.

In an interview Monday, she said the COVID-19 closures have exposed an equity gap between students who have home internet access and those who don’t.

How The University Of Oklahoma Moved Its Classes Online

Mar 27, 2020
The University of Oklahoma campus. The Norman campus is empty because students have moved all their in-person classes to the web.
Robby Korth / StateImpact Oklahoma

As the COVID-19 pandemic has halted businesses, public events and K-12 schools, Oklahoma’s higher education institutions have turned to virtual schooling for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

A sign outside the Sterling High School gymnasium warns people that teachers may be armed.
Robby Korth / StateImpact Oklahoma

A bill considered by the state legislature would change training requirements for armed teachers, paving the way for more guns in schools.