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A New Day: Q & A with Joy Hofmeister

Within 48 hours of becoming state schools superintendent-elect, Joy Hofmeister had already named a transition team to help her make the switch from candidate to CEO of the state’s education agency.

The race for office is over. What awaits her now likely will test all of the skills and abilities she touted as assets during the campaign — political finesse, aggressive advocacy, deft management.

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Sharing the Vision

Our children are learning more during the course of their school years than children in any previous generation. Much of what many of us were required to memorize in school is now available with a just few seconds of Internet searching. High school graduation rates in the United States are higher than they’ve ever been. Public schools are still producing scientists and lawyers and teachers and public servants who are changing the world as we know it. That is not failure.

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A Vision for Oklahoma Public Education

For the People articulates a clear mission: All Oklahoma public school students will learn in an environment that maximizes their potential and develops them as leaders who will contribute to a meaningful life in a democracy, propelling our state forward into a competitive, global society. Dozens of Oklahoma school districts have adopted a resolution in support of the vision.

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OSSBA Blog

  • Testing Reference Guide

    An issue that has generated a great deal of discussion this week is whether parents can remove their child(ren) from standardized testing. The issue of whether or not students should be subject to field testing has added to the debate on the issue. The frequency of standardized tests in public schools is a concern for parents, educators and patrons.   Read More...

  • Presidential Ponderings: Let's Advocate for Students

    The much-anticipated elections are over, and we can all breathe a sigh of relief that the campaign signs and commercials are gone. But here’s a little secret for school board members: the work of advocating for our students has only begun. We advocate for our students at every meeting of our school board – or at least we should.   Read More...

  • For the People: Districts Support Unified Vision

      

    For the People, a joint effort coordinated by OSSBA and the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration, articulates a clear mission: All Oklahoma public school students will learn in an environment that maximizes their potential and develops them as leaders who will contribute to a meaningful life in a democracy, propelling our state forward into a competitive, global society. Dozens of Oklahoma school districts have adopted a resolution in support of the vision.

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  • Sharing the Vision

    Our children are learning more during the course of their school years than children in any previous generation. Much of what many of us were required to memorize in school is now available with a just few seconds of Internet searching. High school graduation rates in the United States are higher than they’ve ever been. Public schools are still producing scientists and lawyers and teachers and public servants who are changing the world as we know it. That is not failure.

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  • Superintendent Benefits & the Affordable Health Care Act

    Starting in January 2015, penalties can be imposed if a school district offers the superintendent more health insurance benefits than is provided to other employees. Consequently, the amount of health insurance paid to the superintendent in excess of that provided to other employees must be treated as taxable income or the act’s "nondiscrimination" rules will apply.

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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.

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