State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi announced today that as of a last count on June 6 as many as 56 school sites were damaged by the severe storms and tornados that ripped through the state from May 19 to 31. Three of those sites were completely destroyed in Moore. In addition, the El Reno campus of the Canadian Valley Technology Center was destroyed.
Many educators across the state lost a great deal during the severe storms and tornados that occurred in May. To help certified personnel, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi announced today that the State Department of Education will waive the $25 replacement fee for certified educational certificates for those that may have lost their certificates as a result of storm damage from now through the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
State Board of Education Meeting Highlights May 23, 2013
Tornado Damage Update State Superintendent Janet Barresi updated State Board of Education members on tornado damage in the metro area – particularly in the Moore School District – during Thursday’s regularly scheduled board meeting.
Governor Mary Fallin and State Superintendent Janet Barresi kicked off the State Department of Education’s 2013 Summer Reading Program – Read 5 for Summer on Friday morning. Surrounded by students, parents and educators from Putnam City’s James L. Dennis Elementary School at one of the state’s newest libraries -- the Patience S. Latting Northwest Library in Oklahoma City – everyone left ready to find five good books this summer.
The State Department of Education informed district testing coordinators and superintendents on Wednesday morning to begin online testing again after receiving word that the CTB/McGraw-Hill system was operational after two days of disruption due to out-of-state server problems.
State Superintendent Janet Barresi received word on Thursday afternoon that preK-12 education would receive $91 million in new funds. The news came when details of the state's budget were released at the Capitol.
Oklahoma public schools received $74 million in new money for Fiscal Year 2014 and an additional $17 million in supplemental funds for Fiscal Year 2013. The supplemental funds are for the Flexible Benefits allowance for educators and ad valorem reimbursement.