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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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So You Want to Run for School Board?

School Board Filing Dec. 1-3

Are you looking for a way to give back to your community and help children in the process? Think about serving on your local board of education. The annual filing period for the Feb. 10, 2015, election is Dec. 1-3. To learn more about the requirements for serving on a local school board, please visit our school board candidacy page.

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/

 

OSSBA Blog

  • Q & A with State Schools Superintendent-Elect 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. 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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  • OSSBA President: A Challenge for Local School Leaders

    OSSBA President Dr. Floyd Simon, Jr.Students like those I serve in Clinton aren’t worried about waivers and elections. We know what they need. And no matter what might be happening in the halls of the state education department or at the ballot box, they need us to focus on their classrooms.

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  • Get Ready, Get Set, SLO/SOO!

    During the 2014-2015 school year, school districts are required to establish baseline data for the student academic growth component of the TLE.  For those teachers that do not have a value added model to utilize for the student academic growth component, teachers will need to create student learning objectives or student outcome objectives to compile data.  The SDE has provided a Dec. 1, 2014, deadline for school districts to have a policy in place addressing the SLO/SOO requirements for evaluation.  The OSSBA has modified OSSBA sample policy DNA-P to meet this requirement.

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  • Sweet Deal: The Latest on Food & School Fundraisers

    The state Board of Education’s decision earlier this month to grant exemptions from the federal Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 is a victory for school groups dependent on food sales to raise money.   Read More...

  • 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

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  • 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...

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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.

Read more about the award by clicking here.