Oklahoma schools have the responsibility of meeting the educational needs of all students, providing equitable educational opportunities, and fostering lifelong learning as they prepare to participate in a democratic society. In order to establish priorities, aid in decision making, and provide an effective basis for a comprehensive and continuous evaluation, each school site shall develop and maintain a written statement of the philosophy and goals to be served by educational programs that are based on the belief that all students can learn. The school's philosophy and goals must reflect consensus among the school site, the community, the local Board, and the school staff. The educational programs shall address the academic, personal/social, and career/vocational development of students as they prepare for the future.
Oklahoma Administrative Code (O.A.C.) 210:35-3-1
Any Oklahoma Resident who has been admitted to any accredited Oklahoma college or university may be awarded a high school diploma by the State Department of Education within this state, provided that such person has successfully completed at least thirty (30) hours of college work at an accredited college or university. Title 70 O.S. § 24-116
The boards of education of any two or more school districts may enter into an interlocal cooperative agreement for the purpose of jointly and comparatively performing any of the services, duties, functions, activities, obligations or responsibilities which are authorized or required by law to be performed by school districts of this state. Two or more school districts may enter into an interlocal cooperative agreement for the purpose of forming buying pools and purchasing cooperatives. As used in this section, "interlocal cooperative agreement" means an agreement which is entered into by the boards of education of two or more school districts from entering into cooperative agreements authorized under Section 5-117 of this title or interfere with existing cooperative agreements between school districts.
Title 70 O.S. § 5-117b
Public schools in Oklahoma are governed by a local board of education and are elected by the public. School Board Members are required by Oklahoma law to have education in specific areas. The points will be updated at the end of every month.
Local School Board Member Training Points (size 15MB) (May 1, 2014)
In order to be elected to a school board, candidates must meet qualifications established in Oklahoma statutes. In addition to meeting established qualifications, a board member must comply with the Oklahoma nepotism laws.
1. File for Office: First Monday through Wednesday, December
2. Elections: Second Tuesday, February
3. Runoff Elections: First Tuesday, April
To file for the position of locally elected school board member, an individual must meet the following requirements:
The State Board of Education reaffirms its commitment to provide support and services to school superintendents in Oklahoma. To assist first-year superintendents in the state in providing their respective districts with maximum leadership, efficient management, and strong educational programs, the following professional development requirements shall be met by each superintendent employed for the first time in the state of Oklahoma as a district superintendent:
Meet qualifications for a Provisional or Standard School Superintendent Certificate. During the first year as a superintendent, attend the following eleven (11) days of professional development training seminars:
1 day: Attend a regular meeting of the Oklahoma State Board of Education.
2 days: Attend the Oklahoma Administrators' Annual Conference.
8 days: Attend State Department of Education professional development training seminars scheduled throughout the school year.
The Standard or Provisional School Superintendent Certificate issued for the first year of employment as a district superintendent shall be considered invalid for the second year if the certificate holder has not met all the requirements identified above prior to the second year of employment as a district superintendent. Any district superintendent employed after the annual summer conference has been offered shall enter the program at the point of employment and shall attend all training requirements as listed above. Verification of training shall be submitted to the director of the program at the State Department of Education. A certificate will be provided to superintendents upon completion of the training requirements.
|Bully Prevention Act||Section 487.1||(70 O.S. § 24-100.3)|
|Class Size||Section 397-399||(70 O.S. § 18-113.1-18-113.3)|
|Corporal Punishment Alternative||Section 153||(70 O.S. § 6-113.1)|
|Curricular Standards||Section 244||(70 O.S. § 11-103.6)|
|Foreign Exchange Students||Section 16||(70 O.S. § 1-114.1)|
|Head Lice||Section 815||(70 O.S. § 1210.194)|
|Legal Guardianship or Affidavit||Section 14||(70 O.S. § 1-113)|
|Medication-Administration-School Nurses||Section 20||70 O.S. § 1-116.2)|
|Nepotism||Section 60-61; 732-733||(70 O.S. § 5-113; 70 O.S. § 113.1; 21 O.S. § 481; 21 O.S. § 482)|
|Residence of Child||Section 14||(70 O.S. §1-113)|
|Retention of Students||Section 504||(70 O.S. § 24-114.1)|
|Safe School Committee||Section 487 A||(70 O.S. §24-100.5)|
|School Day||Section 12||(70 O.S. §1-111)|
|Spring Break||Section 517.0||(70 O.S. § 24-151)|
|Student Dress Codes||Section 487.2||(70 O.S. § 24-100.4)|
|Student Records||Section 822; 822.1||(43 O.S. § 109.6; 10A O.S. § 1-6-102)|
|Student Suspensions||Section 488.2||(70 O.S. § 24-101.3)|
|Substitute Teacher||Section 144||(70 O.S. § 6-105)|
|Teacher Contracts||Section 112||(70 O.S. § 6-101)|
|Transfers||Section 201.1-204||(70 O.S. § 8-104)|
|Withholding Student Records||Section 553||(51 O.S. § 24A.16)|
|Oklahoma State Statutes for Children||Title 10 or 10A of Oklahoma Statute|