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Study Finds Teacher Pay Changes Could Improve Teacher Turnover

Increasing teacher salaries in combination with altering the teacher salary schedule across experience levels could significantly reduce teacher turnover rates, according to a new study of the teacher labor market... read more

School Board Candidacy

The 2015-2016 OSSBA election packet is now available. Visit our School Board Candidacy page to download the packet and to find answers to your frequently asked questions!

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Oklahoma School Board Journal

The fall issue of the Oklahoma School Board Journal is now available online! This issue features a look at the teacher shortage crisis and a look back at the 2015 conference.

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  • Onboarding: Entice and Retain New Employees

    The process of onboarding is something to value and promote. Not only can it help retain employees, it can help with recruitment. Applicants are looking for a workplace where he or she can succeed. Knowing what to expect up front helps do just that.


  • 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...

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  • Study Finds Teacher Pay Changes Could Improve Teacher Turnover

    Increasing teacher salaries in combination with altering the teacher salary schedule across experience levels could significantly reduce teacher turnover rates, according to a new study of the teacher labor market released today by the Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition and the Oklahoma State School Boards Association.  Read More...

  • Education Leaders Respond to Announcement of Penny Sales Tax Initiative

      Oklahoma is at a critical crossroads: The teacher shortage has created a crisis in our classrooms, and our children are paying a high price.  Unfortunately, the state’s budget shortfall for next year could exceed a billion dollars, leaving lawmakers few resources to help solve this problem. We appreciate the efforts of President Boren and others to offer Oklahomans a student-focused solution designed to strengthen public education’s ability to attract and retain great teachers a...  Read More...

  • OSSBA Honors Outstanding School Board Members, Community Partner

    Six school board members and an Oklahoma City church were honored Saturday for their outstanding contributions to public education at the state’s largest gathering of school board members and administrators. The Oklahoma State School Boards Association annually names five members to its All-State School Board, selects one board member for its Distingui...  Read More...

  • Survey Shows Growing Impact of Teacher Shortage

    School districts are actively trying to fill about 1,000 open teaching positions, have eliminated about 600 teaching jobs since last school year despite growing enrollment and are requesting a record number of emergency teaching certificates.


  • 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...

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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.