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State Department of Education's Special Education Department Saves Almost $8 Million in Past Year

Correction: Editors/Reporters, please note the correction in this sentence - She said the only reduction in special education district funds occurred where populations of students decreased and/or the number of students in poverty decreased.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sept. 12, 2013) – The State Department of Education’s Special Education Services Division has been able to save almost $8 million in a little more than a year without cutting necessary services to districts, State Board of Education members were told Wednesday, during the board’s monthly meeting.

State Board of Education Meeting Highlights Sept. 11, 2013

Norman, Bartlesville High Schools Recognized for Debate Award 
Students and staff from Norman and Bartlesville high schools were commended by the State Board of Education in its monthly meeting on Sept. 11, for being named Top 40 Debate High Schools in America by the National Forensic League.

Edmond Music Teacher Named 2014 State Teacher of the Year

Peter L. Markes, an 8th- through 12th-grade string orchestra and Advanced Placement music theory teacher from Edmond North High School in the Edmond School District was named the 2014 Teacher of the Year by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi during a ceremony Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Fair.

Five Rising Star Teachers Recognized at State Teacher of the Year Ceremony

(Oklahoma City) Sept. 17, 2013 - State Superintendent Janet Barresi recognized five 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.

STATE SUPERINTENDENT BARRESI CELEBRATES SIX 2013 BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS IN OKLAHOMA

Today six Oklahoma schools were bestowed the coveted recognition of being named 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. Nationally, 286 schools were recognized with the Oklahoma schools being, Bartlesville Mid-High School, Bartlesville Public Schools; Central High Elementary School, Central High Public Schools; Chisholm High School, Chisholm Public Schools; Harding Charter Preparatory High School in Oklahoma City; Tulsa Eisenhower International Elementary School, Tulsa Public Schools, and Wayland Bonds Elementary School, Moore Public Schools. 

State Superintendent Barresi Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Kingdom of Spain

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi on Sept. 30, 2013, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the State of Oklahoma and the Kingdom of Spain. She and Xavier Gisbert da Cruz, Counselor of Education for the Embassy of Spain, signed the agreement during a ceremony in the Blue Room of the State Capitol.

Oklahoma Closing Achievement Gap for Minorities in AP and SAT Scores

Participation on the SAT among minority students in Oklahoma has increased significantly over the past five years. At the same time, Oklahoma students continue to post SAT scores that are higher than the national average across all subgroups.

Representatives from College Board’s Southwestern Regional Office delivered the SAT and other test scores to the State Department of Education in a recent meeting.

Superintendent Barresi Offers Bullying Prevention Resources

In response to Governor Mary Fallin’s proclamation of Oct. 6-12, 2013, as Oklahoma Bullying Prevention Awareness Week, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi has launched a new webpage with tips for counselors and other educators who work with K-12 youth.

Prudential Searches for Top Oklahoma Youth Volunteers

 

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards has begun its 19th annual search for Oklahoma’s top youth volunteers.

Through November 5, students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application can be found at spirit.prudential.com or by clicking here.

21st Century Learning Center Grants Awarded

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi recently announced the award of $2.6 million in 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grants to 13 recipients for a five-year period beginning with the 2013-14 school year.

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