The state will mandate a new system of tests for Oklahoma's students beginning in the 2014-15 school year, and while many parents and educators have strenuous objections, State Superintendent Janet Barresi says it's vital that our educational system move forward.
Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday disposed of the final 23 bills adopted by the 2012 Oklahoma Legislature, vetoing three and signing into law 20 others, including a measure that extends for one year a moratorium on bonuses given to teachers who have been newly certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Parents of children in area schools that ended up on the state’s needs improvement list might be alarmed. And if your child’s school is on the list, it’s something that shouldn’t be ignored. But it’s also important to point out that it’s not time to panic.
Dr. Keith Ballard, superintendent of TPS, says, “While there is research that supports the idea that sixth graders may best be served in elementary schools, a number of TPS middle schools have demonstrated a strong competency in helping to develop high academic achievers. It will be the job of this task force to sort through the evidence and make the best decision possible for sixth graders and the district.”
Project Schoolhouse passes. By a vote of five to two the Tulsa Board of Education approved the plan that will result in the closing of over a dozen school buildings and make a major change to the grade configuration in the Tulsa school district.