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State Board of Education Meeting Highlights

The State Board of Education during a special meeting on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, voted unanimously to recommend that CTB/McGraw Hill be awarded a one-year $8.9 million testing contract for grades 3-8.

In the Wake of Tragedy

I spent the weekend thinking about how incomprehensible it is that anyone could take the lives of 20 elementary school children, the six adults who tried to protect them and his own mother. I cannot fathom the grief engulfing the Newtown, Connecticut community right now. The stories of heroism by teachers and school personnel are inspiring.  Every day teachers do courageous things for our children. I have no doubt that they and the fallen adults did not have a moment's hesitation in response to this horrifying situation.

2012 in Review

I come to the end of the year with such mixed emotions.

The school shooting in Connecticut is still fresh on everyone’s minds. As we watch the news and see the funerals for these precious students and their teachers and principal, we grieve anew for the enormous loss for these families.

Preparing for Graduation

Now that we’ve started the New Year, high school seniors and their parents should turn their full attention toward making sure they are prepared for life beyond high school.

State Dept. of Education Announces New Communications Director

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 10, 2013) – Sherry Fair has been hired as Communications Director at the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Fair worked for nearly a decade in education as the Communications Director at Oklahoma City Public Schools and as the MAPS for Kids Campaign Manager.

Making Sure Students are Career Ready

Ever asked a kindergartener what they want to be when they grow up?

I love that game. I hear responses such as firefighters, doctors, mommies, teachers; you name it. One little girl told me she wanted to be a doctor, the president and a jeweler; she just wasn’t sure she’d have time to be all three.

The goal of education is to produce young people who are fully prepared for the workforce that awaits them outside of high school or college and to help them become fully engaged, productive citizens.

State Department of Education Seeks Summer Food Vendors

The Oklahoma State Department of Education is seeking sponsoring organizations for the 2013 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Eligible sponsors include public schools, public or governmental agencies, private, non-profit residential summer camps and private, non-profit organizations.

Youth Senate Delegates, Alternates Named

The Oklahoma State Department of Education recently announced two state delegates and two alternates to participate in the 51st Annual United States Senate Youth Program.

Selected as delegates are Johnathan Thomas Young of Vian High School in the Vian School District and Emma Jane Hutchison of Putnam City North High School in the Putnam City School District.

First Alternate is Daniel Lee Pae of Lawton High School in the Lawton School District. Second Alternate is Dylan Matthew Oney of Muskogee High School in the Muskogee School District.

Important Offerings for State Educators

At the State Department of Education, we send frequent emails and e-newsletters to communicate important programs to educators throughout the state. I would like to reiterate a few of those offerings in my regular column.

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