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Handing Out Blue Ribbons and STEM Awards

Recent awards include six Oklahoma schools named among 269 national Blue Ribbon Schools and 10 elementary schools named K20 STEM-Building STEM-Ready Elementary Schools. I'm proud of the work that went into earning these titles and excited for what this means for the students in these schools.

Rising Star Teachers Recognized

State Superintendent Janet Barresi recognized six Rising Star Teachers from across the state during Tuesday’s state Teacher of the Year Ceremony,. Rising Stars are teachers who have been in the classroom seven years or less but who show an amazing amount of promise in their profession.

Fairview Math Teacher Named 2013 Teacher of the Year

Elaine Hutchison, an Algebra II, trigonometry, pre-calculus and AP calculus teacher at Fairview High School and Chamberlain Middle School in the Fairview School District and at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Regional Center, was named the 2013 Teacher of the Year by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi during a ceremony Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Fair.

Honoring Great Teachers

Honoring great teaching is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. This week I honored Elaine Hutchison, a math teacher from Fairview Public Schools, as the 2013 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.

Oklahoma State Board of Education Meeting Highlights, Sept. 27, 2012

Elaine Hutchison, the 2013 Teacher of the Year, was recognized at the State Board of Education's regular monthly meeting Thursday. Board members also were given updates on A-F School Report Card data verifications and recent TLE Commission preliminary recommendations.

Triggering Necessary Change

The movie “Won’t Back Down,” now in theaters, details the struggle of a parent and a teacher fighting to take over a chronically failing school. Because of the very real plight of parents and children in situations similar to those portrayed in the movie, State Supt. Janet Barresi has pledged her support to state Sen. David Holt who promises to file Parent Trigger Legislation in the next Legislative session.

Making the Grade

A-F School Report Cards are are accurate and fair and contain information that parents have a right to know.

Committee Members Sought for Certification for Instructors of Native American Languages

The Oklahoma State Department of Education is in the process of developing certification for instructors of Native American Languages in Oklahoma public schools. A committee will be formed to review past certification in our state, investigate similar certification in other states, and work to develop the new certification standards in collaboration with Oklahoma’s Tribes.

State Board of Education Hears Preliminary Numbers on Budget Request

Oklahoma State Board of Education members on Monday reviewed preliminary numbers for a possible $289 million Fiscal Year 2014 budget increase request for public schools to be made to the State Legislature as lawmakers draw closer to the 2013 session. The Board will vote on a budget request at its next regular meeting on October 25.

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