CONFERENCE SNEAK PEEK

Only a few days left to register for The Conference 2014 at early bird pricing!

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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 today!

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Exhibitors! Only a few spaces remain for The Conference 2014 presented by the Oklahoma State School Boards Association and the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to network with Oklahoma school decision makers. Click here for information on exhibiting at The Conference 2014.

Architects! We are happy to announce the return of our annual Architectural Exhibition in conjunction with The Conference. This is an excellent opportunity for your firm to present your exemplary projects to school board members and superintendents from across Oklahoma. Click here for more information.

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!

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Sponsorship opportunities are available! Click here for more information.

 

Education News

  • 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...

  • 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 reign in the Department of Education’s (ED) regulatory power and return education decisions back to the states and local communities.

    “Our education system has grown to operate as if Washington knows best, but this approach has failed our nation’s children and silenced the most important voices in the room - parents, teachers, and local leaders,” said Inhofe.

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  • Administrative Costs in Oklahoma’s Public Schools Are 3.54% of Expenditures

      For Immediate Release May 1, 2014 Administrative Costs in Oklahoma’s Public Schools Are 3.54% of Expenditures OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Using information available on the Oklahoma State Department of Education Financial Transparency webpage, the leaders of the state’s associations representing school board members, school administrators and suburban school districts today announced that administrative costs in Oklahoma’s public schools were 3.54% of total expenditures made in the 2013 fiscal ye...  Read More...

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Dr. Jeff B. Mills Risk Management Award

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.

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.

 

OSSBA News

  • Ensuring a Process

    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...

  • 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...

  • Summer Hours!

    OSSBA is on summer hours! Beginning Monday, June 2, OSSBA's office hours will be 7:30 am-5:00 pm Mon.-Thurs. We will be closed Friday.   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.