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OKG Newsletter

Topic: education

The hell you say

A Prague girl’s use of the word ‘hell’ keeps her from receiving her high school diploma.


Phil Bacharach
You'd think a school that proudly claims to be the home of the Red Devils wouldn't be so timid about using the word “hell,” but you'd be wrong.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Point: Slow down on ODOT funding


David Blatt
The past four years have put severe constraints on the state budget. Many state agencies have absorbed funding cuts of more than 20 percent, and most have been forced to cut staff while eliminating programs and services.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

From movie to measure

Advocates of a controversial measure for school reform hope to gain momentum from a newly released movie.


Clifton Adcock
In Oklahoma and several other states, an effort is underway to adopt a “parent trigger” act that could allow certain schools to become charter schools with enough parent signatures.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Clear evidence

UCO’s new master’s degree in forensic psychology is popular with graduate students.


Kevan Goff-Parker
After the University of Central Oklahoma received official approval in August to offer students its new master’s of arts degree in forensic psychology, it didn’t take a crime scene investigator to discover the graduate program is a popular choice.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Candidates and early childhood education


Craig Knutson
With 90 percent of brain development occurring in the first three years of life, investing in early childhood may be one of the most crucial steps toward establishing long-term economic success of our state. Mental, physical and psychological and social skills can be either stunted or nurtured by the quality of parenting and child care received by Oklahoma infants and toddlers.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

At what price?

Some fear that Oklahoma schools are not just broke, but broken.


Peter Wright
Only two states cut per-pupil spending more than Oklahoma in the last five years, according to a recent think-tank report. While it appears nearly impossible to determine what funding is adequate for education, it is inarguable that funding for public schools in Oklahoma has decreased. With an eye on unpredictable state and federal budgets, education leaders are talking about the need for more money.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The principal's office

The Douglass High School principal is placed on administrative leave pending an investigation on charges of grade-tampering.


Jerry Bohnen
Amid accusations of grade-tampering and lying about student attendance records, Frederick A. Douglass Mid-High School Principal Brian Staples was placed on administrative leave yesterday, pending an investigation by the Oklahoma City Public Schools district.
Thursday, October 11, 2012

Degrading the grade

Plans to evaluate schools statewide with letter grades are delayed after protests from superintendents.


Tim Farley
The controversy over Oklahoma’s new A-F grading system for public schools is brewing stronger than a witch’s potion on Halloween. The State Department of Education on Oct. 8 delayed a vote to issue a public release of the school grades, but told district superintendents they could release the grades voluntarily.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Incomplete 'grade'

Letters to the Editor

David Goin
I was disappointed in the content of an article appearing in the Oct. 17 Oklahoma Gazette (News, “Degrading the grade”). I am particularly concerned about a quotation attributed to me (“it’s just about too much to ask”) followed by words that are a misrepresentation of my position and expectations for the academic growth of students.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A taxing question

Would passage of SQ 766 be a tax cut or a tax hike? Depends on who you ask.


C.G. Niebank
Those on both sides of State Question 766, which would limit taxes on intangible property such as software applications, say its fate could have dire consequences statewide.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012