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Summer Hours!

During June and July OSSBA will
be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

We will resume Monday-Friday
hours the week of Aug. 3

The Conference 2015

Registration is open for The Conference 2015 featuring keynote speakers Joy Hofmeister and John Draper.

You won’t want to miss this chance to learn more about a new vision for Oklahoma’s children and the difference it can make for the children in your community. Gather information that will make you a more effective school district leader at The Conference 2015!

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Golf Tournament

The 2nd Annual Dr. Bob Mooneyham Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held Thurs. Aug. 27 at the Lake Hefner Golf Club in Oklahoma City. 

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Oklahoma School Board Journal

The summer issue of the Oklahoma School Board Journal is now available online! This issue features a legislative review and a sneak peek into The Conference 2015.

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  • Called to Teach: Time to Step Up for Students and Their Teachers

    Oklahoma school leaders make tough decisions every day. Few are more important than choosing which educators will shape the minds of a community’s children. In a time of a widespread teacher shortage, that decision has never been more difficult. Last school year, districts reported they were about 1,000 teachers short.   Read More...

  • Legally Speaking: Guns on Campus FAQ

    On May 12, 2015, House Bill 2014 took effect, authorizing school boards to allow designated school personnel to carry a handgun on school property. The board must have a policy in place to do so, and only those in possession of a valid armed security license or a valid reserve policy officer certification may be designated. The OSSBA legal staff has prepared the below FAQ to clarify some confusion over the law.   Read More...

  • Teacher Appreciation Week: Remembering My Sister

    Under normal circumstances, I’d be writing about the second-grade teacher whose influence has had a profound impact on my life. But these last few months have been anything but normal. On the last day of March, I said goodbye to the teacher who mattered most in my life – my sister.   Read More...

  • Legally Speaking: Employment Matters

    May and June are critical times for school employment issues. School districts face important deadlines related to the nonrenewal or termination of employees. Districts also need to provide reasonable assurance for employees who you intend to rehire.   Read More...

  • OSSBA Seeks Award Nominations

    Each year, the Oklahoma State School Boards Association honors a select group of Oklahoma school board members for their outstanding service and recognizes community partners who go above and beyond in serving local schools. The winners will be honored at the annual OSSBA/CCOSA conference in August. All nominations must be made by school board members or superintendents (with the approval of their local board).   Read More...

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  • Ann Caine to Join OSSBA Team

    Ann CaineLongtime educator Ann Caine will join the Oklahoma State School Boards Association this summer as the organization seeks to offer more robust training and services to the state’s 2,700 school board members. Caine will serve as OSSBA’s director of education leadership. She will act as the association’s teaching and learning expert as it works with school board members, school district leaders and policymakers to improve public education.   Read More...

  • OSSBA Statement on Budget Agreement

    Statement from Shawn Hime, Executive Director of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, on the state budget agreement: "We are grateful Gov. Mary Fallin and legislative leaders largely protected public school funding at a time when the state has a significant budget shortfall. However, students will feel the impact of cuts to Career Tech funding and the failure to adopt a long-term plan to address teacher pay.   Read More...

  • Oklahoman to Serve as President of National School Boards Association

    John Tuttle, a member of the Kellyville Public Schools Board of Education since 1993, will be installed as president of the National School Boards Association at the organization’s annual conference on Saturday in Nashville.


  • Poll: Oklahomans Oppose School Vouchers

    Oklahomans overwhelmingly oppose using public money to pay for private schooling, according to a new poll released Monday.

    The poll found:
    · Oklahomans strongly oppose school vouchers by atwo-to-one margin. Twenty-four percent said they strongly favor giving parents money for their children to attend a private or religious school compared to 48 percent who strongly oppose it.
    · Self-identified Republican voters are divided in their support of vouchers.
    · Swing voters -- those who don't identify with either party -- opposed vouchers by a more than three-to-one margin.
    · Voters in rural communities were the most opposed to vouchers. Suburban voters also voiced their opposition.
    · More than 60 percent of parents said they oppose state government giving parents money to pay for private or religious schooling.



    "Our hope is State Superintendent Janet Barresi will accept the regents report, quickly communicate the findings to the United States Department of Education and request an immediate reinstatement of Oklahoma’s NCLB waiver. The ongoing development of even stronger academic standards is still necessary to prepare our state’s children for the future, and we believe today’s report is an appropriate baseline for development of Oklahoma’s new English / Language Arts and Mathematics standards."





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The Oklahoma State School Boards Association endorses the Oklahoma Schools Risk Management Trust (OSRMT). As an alternative to commercial insurance, OSRMT allows member public schools to come together and jointly self-insure against the property and casualty exposures they face today. OSRMT is governed by public school officials in Oklahoma.

OSRMT was established to help combat the high cost of traditional property/casualty insurance. Today the OSRMT provides competitively priced property/casualty coverage to school districts across the state and delivers service that is second to none.