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Leading with Vision

Be inspired. Students never stop learning — neither should school leaders! Three days of engaging professional development will equip you with tools and ideas to be a more effective leader.

Registration is open for the Leading with Vision Conference presented by OSSBA and CCOSA. The conference will be held August 26-28 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. 

Get more information and register online.

Dr. Bob Mooneyham Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament

Thurs., Aug. 25 • Lake Hefner Golf Club, Oklahoma City

OSSBA and CCOSA are proud to present the 3rd Annual Dr. Bob Mooneyham Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament. Get more information and register online.

Summer 2016 Journal

The Summer 2016 issue of the Oklahoma School Board Journal is now available online. Read this issue and catch up on past issues here.



  • What's Your Vision?

    I know that must seem like a pie-in-the-sky question. This has not been the year anyone in education hoped for or imagined a year ago. School district leaders went into the 2015-2016 school year with cautious optimism.  Read More...

  • Fulfilling Our Promise

    Shawn HimeWhen I started my education career as a math teacher in Lexington, I never imagined a day when schools would need a four-day week to make ends meet or to recruit enough teachers. Welcome to Oklahoma public education in 2016. Our schools -- our children -- are in serious trouble. Revenue failures mean schools have tens of millions of dollars less than budgeted this school year.   Read More...

  • How Much is Enough?

    School finance is complicated. Many outside the public education sector have only a general notion of how schools are funded. The mechanism is fuzzy even for many of those working in schools.

    So when educators and public education advocates start talking about the need for more money, the question almost always comes back: How much is enough?


  • Accepting Responsibility for Our Children and Our Schools

    Notoriously bad. Often unsafe. Those children. Those schools. 

    Seeing those phrases on paper last week from a group tied to the State Chamber of Oklahoma to justify school vouchers left me wondering whether to be angry or cry. I opted for both.

    Can we have a conversation about OUR schools and OUR children without using shameful -- not to mention inaccurate -- labels?  Read More...

  • OSSBA President: I'm Saying Yes. Will you?

    When the Oklahoma State School Boards Association and the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration launched For the People: A Vision for Oklahoma Public Education more than three years ago, we really didn’t know where the project would lead. What we knew for sure is that a reactive approach wasn’t producing much-needed support for our schools, teachers and


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  • FY17 Budget Agreement Statement

    Statement from Shawn Hime, Executive Director of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, on the state budget agreement: "We appreciate the challenge Gov. Mary Fallin and legislative leaders have before them in drafting the budget and are grateful they have agreed to shield public schools from additional cuts. The reality is even with this agreement, schools will continue struggling with a severe teacher shortage, growing class sizes and shrinking educational opportunities for students.   Read More...

  • Survey: Schools Struggling with Budget Decisions Amid Financial Uncertainty

    More than 100 school districts are considering a four-day school week or fewer school days as they cope with state funding cuts that also may force districts to cut more than 1,000 jobs and increase already large class sizes, according to a new survey of Oklahoma school officials. The Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration conducted the survey in late March to identify districts’ budget-cut plans for the current year and next year. Schools have suffered more than $...  Read More...

  • ESA statement

    Statement from Shawn Hime, executive director of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, on announcement HB2949 and SB609 will not be heard: "I appreciate members of the House and Senate for choosing not to move forward with such divisive bills. Budget cuts and the teacher shortage crisis demand that state, business and education leaders work together with parents on a long-term funding solution for public schools. That’s the conversation our nearly 700,000 students in public schools need ...  Read More...

  • OSSBA Statement on Budget Reduction

    Today’s budget announcement means schools will lose another $93 per student – a total of $158 less per student than schools budgeted for at the beginning of the year.

    Now is the time to get serious about a long-term funding plan for public education that will ensure a high-quality education for the nearly 700,000 public school students.


  • Education Organizations Applaud Supreme Court Ruling

      The Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration, Oklahoma State School Boards Association and the Oklahoma Education Association appreciate the diligence and speed of the Oklahoma Supreme Court in reviewing the penny sales tax proposal to support public education. Oklahomans understand that the state’s deepening teacher shortage crisis is bad for students and will continue to worsen without bold action. Our state’s citizens deserve the opportunity to help close the education in...  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.