Feature Links



Don't forget to attend The Conference 2014!

Click here to download a complete program for The Conference 2014 or click here to read online.

Be part of the excitement as fellow board members, administrators, and others interested in Oklahoma public education attend The Conference 2014. Inspiring and thought provoking sessions, plenty of time for networking, and a smorgasbord of exhibits await you in Oklahoma City, August 22-24th. Register on-site!

Click here for hotel, and exhibitor information.


Don't miss out on our August edition of the Oklahoma School Board Journal.

Inside, you can read about:

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Peter Markes

OSSBA President-Elect Dr. Floyd Simon Jr.

Agenda Preparation

A New Law on Child Custody Impacting Schools

And much, much more.


Dr. Bob Mooneyham Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament

The Inaugural Dr. Bob Mooneyham Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, Aug. 21 at the Lake Hefner Golf Club in Oklahoma City. Click here for more information!

Click here to register online.

Sponsorship opportunities are available! Click here for more information.



  • 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


We love the first day of school! Please share your first day of school photos on social media using the #OKFIRSTDAY hashtag so we can all celebrate a great start to a new school year.


  • 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. Districts representing nearly three-fourths of the state’s public school enroll...  Read More...

  • Ensuring a Process

    NEWS STATEMENT  The Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration, Oklahoma State School Boards Association and the United Suburban Schools Association sent the following letter to the members of the State Board of Education regarding the academic standards adoption process. Letter on Academic Standards Adoption Process   Read More...

  • Inhofe Introduces Bill to Rein in Education Dept., Restore Voice of State & Local Boards

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today introduced the Local School Board Governance and Flexibility Act (S.2451), legislation that would rein in the Department of Education’s (ED) regulatory power and return education decisions back to the states and local communities.


  • Statement on Signing of HB 3399

    "I am disappointed but not surprised by Gov. Fallin’s decision to sign House Bill 3399. This decision will throw many schools into chaos as they prepare for a new academic year.   Read More...

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.