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MWC Elementary School Program Encourages Leadership, Positive Changes In Student BehaviorIn a time where school fights and threats seem all too common, a program is taking off in the Oklahoma City metro, teaching children to make better and “leader-like” decisions. Teachers and administrators at County Estates Elementary in Midwes
State Supt. Hofmeister Testified Before U.S. House Committee On The Importance Of 'Trauma-Informed' TeachingOklahoma’s Superintendent of Public Instruction testified before the U.S. House and Labor Committee Wednesday. She talked about the importance of so-called “Trauma-informed” teaching in today’s schools, and the importance of teache
Oklahoma School Districts More Optimistic, According To OSSBA Survey ResultsOklahoma school administrators are more optimistic as another school year gets underway. That's according to the Oklahoma State School Board Association, who released new survey results Tuesday, August 20. The OSSBA surveyed 305 school districts across th
Children Of Putnam City Teachers Thrive At District Day CareOther school districts are taking a cue from Putnam City's Smart Start teacher day care, by opening nurseries of their own. As the Putnam City teachers return to class this week, the program helps them balance their work life with parenting. Before greeti
Number Of Emergency Certified Teachers Climbs In OklahomaAs school gets underway, Oklahoma's teacher shortage is still getting worse. The number of emergency certified teachers continues rise. According to the State Department of Education, last year at this time, there were 1,237 emergency certified teachers.
Inaugural ‘RedeemED Conference’ Encourages Teachers Ahead Of School YearFor the first time, hundreds of teachers from around the metro gathered to encourage each other ahead of the school year. Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Midwest City hosted the inaugural ‘RedeemED Conference’ this week. School financial secret
OKCPS Prepares For Feeding Frenzy With New Nutrition Services, Includes Smoothie-Blending BikesThe first day back to school for thousands of local kids is Monday, and cafeteria staff are making sure they are prepared for the feeding frenzy. The 450 people working food service throughout the district rotated through US Grant High School to test out
NW Classen HS Alum Returns As Teacher, Coach To Give BackIn school, some teachers give you lessons that stay with you well beyond the classroom. That is certainly the case for one metro woman, who is now hoping to have the same impact on her own students. “I wasn’t planning on being a teacher,&rdquo
OKCPS Nearing Goals For Back-To-School ReadinessThere are only two weeks left in summer vacation for Oklahoma City public school students. While they were away, the district has been busy converting a number of elementary schools to middle schools. There is still a little bit of work left to do at scho
Edmond Schools Implement New Security Measures For Upcoming School YearEdmond students will see some big changes in security when they return to school this fall. Following the Parkland, Florida shooting, Edmond school leaders gathered community members and security experts to see what they could do to make their schools saf
State Lawmaker Wants To Cut Off Funding To Epic Charter SchoolsState lawmakers are discussing their next move in the wake of allegations that Epic Charter Schools embezzled millions of dollars. One lawmaker wants to cut Epic off completely. Epic Charter Schools get over $70 million per year in taxpayer funding. Senat
OKC-County Health Department Announces Plans To Take Over 2 OKCPS SchoolsThe Oklahoma City-County Health Department just announced its plans to take over two closing schools. The agency will be leasing Oakridge and Sequoyah Elementary Schools through the Pathway to Greatness plan. The two sites are among the closing schools th
Budget Battle Over Education Continues At State CapitolThe budget battle continues at the state Capitol with the main sticking point being teacher pay raises. The House of Representatives wants across the board $1,200 for teachers, plus $70 million more for classroom spending. The Senate wants $1,200 raises t
Capitol Week In Review: Lawmakers Focus On Finances As Legislative Session Winds DownThe legislative session is in its final few weeks and lawmakers are focusing on finances. The legislature has until May 31 to wrap up the state’s business, and there is a lot on their plates. The Democrats plan includes 1,200 dollar raises for teach
Group Raising Money To Help Fund Moore Public Schools ProjectsA newly formed group in Moore said it has a plan to save the school district thousands of dollars. The “Community Fund” is in the process of fundraising money to buy new LED lights for older Moore schools. Members said once installed, the new
State House Committee Passes Bill For 5-Day School Week That Includes Pay IncreaseA bill that would require most school districts to operate on a five-day week passes in a House committee. More than 200 schools in Oklahoma now have four-day school weeks. It’s an incentive to attract teachers. But one that might be short lived. A
Elementary Students Take Action After Learning Moore Schools Will Cut Art ProgramsA post on social media sheds light on programs that are being cut from a few Moore Public Schools this upcoming school year. At this time, News 9 has yet to hear from the district, but parents and teachers are speaking out. “In Oklahoma, we have abo
Governor Stitt Visits Southeast HS Ahead Of Application School ExpansionGov. Kevin Stitt got to meet some of his younger constituents Wednesday as he toured Southeast High School. It is the only application school in south Oklahoma City, and the governor's visit fits in with some big changes there. While the district is closi
OKC's Belle Isle Enterprise School Will Be Accepting More Students Next YearOklahoma City parents may have more options when it comes to where to send their kids to school next year. The district's application schools, including the coveted Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School will be accepting more students.
OEA Kicks Off 'Week Of Advocacy' On Deadline To Pass Education BudgetTuesday, April 2, marks the one-year anniversary of the teacher walkout, but teachers say they have not stopped fighting for more funding in the classroom. OEA has designated this week a ‘Week of Advocacy’. Teachers from Putnam City held signs
OKCPS Pathway To Greatness Plan Includes Expansion Of Girl ScoutsLeaders in the Oklahoma City School District know that the Pathway to Greatness plan will create challenges, but they believe that, in meeting those challenges, they will also find new opportunities. In fact, one such challenge seems to already be opening
Oklahoma Advocates For Expansion Of Federal Preschool GrantEarly childhood education leaders in Oklahoma just returned from Capitol Hill, where they advocated for the expansion of the federal Preschool Development Grant. They are hoping to help other states as well as our own, but they may be facing an uphill bat
Fields & Futures Partners With OKCPS To Install New Athletic FieldsThe Oklahoma City Public School District's Pathway to Greatness plan means many schools in the district are closing, but it also means many schools are being transformed and will now serve kids in different grades, starting next year. District officials a
OKCPS Superintendent Releases List Of Principals To Lead Schools Next YearOklahoma City Public Schools' transition to its Pathway to Greatness plan is underway. Tuesday, Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel announced the principals who will lead each school next year. “I appreciate the hard work that has been and will continu
School Board Approves Plan To Close, Reconfigure 15 OKC SchoolsIn a unanimous 8-0 vote, the Oklahoma City Public School Board voted to back the superintendent's plan to reinvent the district. “Excited about what we will be able to do for 45,000 kids in our school district,” said OKCPS Superintendent Dr. S
State Lawmakers Shift Focus To School Funding And Medical MarijuanaIn the past month, the state legislature has tackled bills on abortion, guns and criminal justice reform. This month, the focus will be on school funding and medical marijuana. The end of February also meant the first deadline to get bills passed out of c
'Pathway To Greatness' Plan Approved; Hundreds Of Teachers To Be ImpactedIt is a big night for Oklahoma City Public Schools. The Oklahoma City School Board will vote Monday on if they will adopt the “Pathway to Greatness” plan. The plan calls for closing 15 schools and reconfiguring 17 others. See: OKCPS Superinten
Oklahoma School Leaders Concerned About 5-Day School Week BillThis week, the Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 441, which would restore the five-day school week. But some districts say the change would hinder the progress they've seen. According to the Oklahoma Department of Education, there are 208 sc
State House Of Representatives Passes $1,200 Pay Raise For TeachersThe state House of Representatives passed a bill to give teachers another raise. That’s on top of the $6,000 raise they got last year. But education advocates say that’s still not enough. This week, News 9 learned the state has roughly $337 mi
Oklahoma Schools Taking Legal Action After Being Ordered To Pay Back Millions In TaxesSeveral Oklahoma schools are being ordered to pay back millions of dollars of taxes beginning this month. A handful of schools are now filing a lawsuit to stop that from happening. Mid-December, Yukon Superintendent Jason Simeroth was surprised by a lette
OKCPS Hears From Parents In First Community Meeting On ‘Pathway To Greatness’Oklahoma City school leaders heard from parents and teachers following their announcement to close several elementary schools. That's among other changes outlined in three plans. In a meeting lasting more than four hours, one by one parents and educators
Former Oklahoma Educator Drafts Bill To Give Districts More Money For TextbooksA new bill could give Oklahoma school districts nearly four times more money to spend on textbooks. Senate Bill 206 was drafted by State Senator Mary Boren, and it is set to be introduced in early February. Boren says for many Oklahoma districts, textbook
OKCPS Considering Change On How Students Transfer SchoolsOklahoma City Public Schools is proposing a change to how students can transfer schools within the district. Parents are worried about the impacts. At Nichols Hill Elementary, transfers make up more than half the enrollment. Only John Rex downtown has mor
Polling Reveals How Oklahomans Are Leaning On State Questions
With a week left before the general election in Oklahoma, News 9 has new, exclusive polling. Let's start with three state questions. State Question 800 would set up a rainy-day fund for oil-and-gas money. In terms of polling results, this is one of the closest state questions on the ballot despite there originally being widespread support for the idea to create this kind of fund earlier this year. The fund would be called the "Vision Fund," and it would be used to help ins...
Dial Test: Edmondson Earns High Marks From Women, Independents On Education Funding
In order to fully understand how the two top candidates for governor this year are impacting voters, SoonerPoll.com partnered with News9/Newson6 and performed a Dial Test of the candidates speaking at the 'From Now On' debate held Thursday, October 11. For this video presentation, Republicans are RED, Democrats are BLUE, and Independent voters are YELLOW, women voters are PINK, and voters over the age of 65 are PURPLE. What is a Dial Test? How it is conducted? And, how do I read/int...
Students Talk About State Of Education At Oklahoma Teacher Rally
As Oklahoma's teachers rallied Saturday to support pro-education candidates in the Sooner State, News 9 photojournalist Michael Johnston talked to students who attended. The rally happened Saturday afternoon at the state Capitol. Turnout was significantly lower than the teacher walkout in April. However, the students Michael talked to seemed quite optimistic about the future of education in Oklahoma. You can see for yourself in the video at the top of this page. Election Day is Nov...
[UNFILTERED] Tulsa Memorial Band Director: "I'm Just Frustrated"
Emotions were mixed after the Oklahoma Education Association announced an end to the Oklahoma teacher walkout on Thursday. Some teachers were left feeling like nothing had been accomplished, despite $70 million in new money going to classroom funding.
House Adjourns Until Monday, Votes Down Measure To Discuss Funding
The Oklahoma state House has adjourned until Monday with no further on education funding, News 9's Aaron Brilbeck reports. There were measures introduced to suspend the rules to discuss capital gains exemptions, minus agriculture, but those measures to discuss failed in the House by a vote of 69-29.