Feature Links





Oklahoma School Districts Struggling with Teacher Shortage 

Oklahoma school districts are hundreds of teachers short as the school year begins, and school leaders say students are paying the price, according to results from a new survey conducted by the Oklahoma State School Boards Association.

Click here to read more.


Upcoming Workshop

Friday, November 7, 2014 • University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond

In this highly interactive session, you’ll learn about the eight key work areas: vision, standards, assessment, alignment, accountability, climate, collaboration and continuous improvement; explore roles and responsibilities of school boards, assess your own board in these areas and develop some action steps for back home planning.

Download a registration form or register online.

For the People: A New Vision for Public Education in Oklahoma

In 2012, the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration and the Oklahoma State School Boards Association initiated a visioning project to help change the conversation about public education in Oklahoma. Watch the introductory video and sign up for more information at http://forthepeopleok.com/



  • Legally Speaking: Election Day

    By Stephanie Mather
    Director of Legal Information

    Nov. 4, 2014, is nearly upon us. It's general election day, and many important races are on the ballot, including the race for Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction. On general election day, I staff my local precinct as a precinct official.  Read More...

  • OSSBA is Hiring


  • Oklahoma Teacher of the Year: No More Walls

     This time a year ago, Peter Markes was a music teacher. An accomplished violinist, he was well known on the local orchestra scene and in the small world of band and orchestra directors. The swish of his baton commanded beautiful music from his students at Edmond North High School. His classroom had walls -- of the literal and figurative variety.  Read More...

  • Keep It Legal: Agenda Preparation


    By Julie Miller, OSSBA Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel
    One of the most common dilemmas with which a school board deals is agenda preparation for a school board meeting. This is an issue that should be addressed via board policy. The Standards for Accreditation of Oklahoma Schools provide that the superintendent, in cooperation with the board of education, shall prepare an agenda that is in compliance with the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act. Quite often, the preparation of the s...  Read More...

  • Are You Ready? Volunteers & Schools

        By Julie Miller, OSSBA Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel As school budgets continue to be an issue, many school districts are relying upon volunteer assistance at school. Whether the volunteer labor involves teacher’s aide responsibilities, substitute teaching, working in the cafeteria, or cleaning classrooms, the district may wish to consider having a volunteer agreement in place to ensure that all volunteers understand that student information is confidential. All too...  Read More...

  • Nepotism & Hiring

    By OSSBA Legal Staff  So your school district has the perfect teacher in mind to fill a vacancy, but she's a board member's sister. Is that even legal? (Hint: the answer is no.) For many Oklahoma school districts, the first day of school is only a few days or weeks way.   Read More...

  • New Law: Changing Custody through Power of Attorney

    By Stephanie Mather, OSSBA Director of Legal Information and Staff Attorney 

    This year, lawmakers in Oklahoma realized that changing family circumstances and the fact that parents often do not have the resources to hire a lawyer to go to court to change guardianship or do not desire a permanent change of guardianship necessitated a change in the definition of residency for school purposes. House Bill 2536 was signed into law by the governor on April 28, 2014, and is effective as of that date.   Read More...

RSS Feed


RSS Feed

State Board of Education Meeting Updates

OSSBA is now providing live updates from state Board of Education meetings via Twitter and a live web broadcast. To catch up on the latest news from the meetings, check out our new web page dedicated to helping school leaders and the public stay up-to-date on what's happening at the state Board of Education.

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.


The Dr. Jeff B. Mills Risk Management Award is given to an Oklahoma Schools Risk Management Trust member in recognition of their leadership in education and initiatives with risk management.

Read more about the award by clicking here.