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Statement on state budget negotiations

Posted by Christy Watson on 5.16.2017

Statement from Oklahoma State School Boards Association Executive Director Shawn Hime: “I’ve been optimistic this session that state leaders would live up to their public statements in support of public education and increased teacher pay. That optimism is quickly fading. We need bold leadership now. Legislators and state leaders need to quit having press conferences, […]

Survey: Budget Cuts Leaving Oklahoma Students Behind

Posted by Christy Watson on 4.2.2017

Climbing class sizes and shrinking educational opportunities will become more widespread for Oklahoma students next year if state funding for schools continues its unpredictable decline, according to a new survey. The survey from the associations representing school administrators and school board members asked school districts the effect of potential budget cuts for next school year. […]

Statement regarding the state board of education’s approval of a Norman charter school

Posted by Christy Watson on 3.23.2017

Statement from Shawn Hime, executive director of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, regarding the state board of education’s approval of a Norman charter school: “I am extremely disappointed that the state Board of Education blatantly ignored state law and the valid concerns of state schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister in approving the LeMonde International Charter […]

Oklahoma Library of Digital Resources Expands

Posted by Christy Watson on 3.9.2017

The state’s only online library of digital content teaching resources aligned to Oklahoma academic standards has expanded to include new resources and tools for elementary and middle school teachers. The Oklahoma Library of Digital Resources, which first launched in August with resources for 10 high school courses, is an innovative, collaborative and cost-saving effort to […]

OSSBA Executive Director Reacts to Voucher Bill Decision

Posted by Christy Watson on 3.1.2017

Statement from Shawn Hime, OSSBA executive director: “I appreciate the Senate for not moving forward with a divisive bill that distracts from the most important issues facing Oklahoma’s nearly 700,000 public school students: a historic teacher shortage and severe budget cuts. I’m confident that a collective focus among legislative, business and education leaders and parents […]

Analysis: Voucher Proposal Could Divert Millions from Public Schools

Posted by Christy Watson on 2.24.2017

A proposed law to establish a voucher program in Oklahoma, Tulsa and Cleveland counties could divert available funding for Oklahoma public schools by as much as $30 million next year and $1.6 billion over the next decade, according a projected financial analysis from the Oklahoma State School Boards Association. Documents: Vouchers Annual Projection District-Level Voucher […]

OSSBA Statement on Revenue Certification

Posted by Christy Watson on 12.21.2016

Statement from OSSBA Executive Director Shawn Hime regarding the revenue certification at today’s Board of Equalization meeting: “Today’s budget news caps what has been an extraordinarily difficult budget year for schools. The need for a long-term funding plan for public education isn’t just a wish-list item — it’s an absolute necessity that should be a top […]

SQ 779 Statement

Posted by Christy Watson on 11.8.2016

MEDIA CONTACT: Christy Watson Communications Director OSSBA 405.821.3209 (cell)   Statement from Shawn Hime, executive director of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, on SQ 779: “The common message of those who opposed SQ 779 was that public education needs a long-term funding plan and resources to offer competitive teacher pay. While I’m disappointed in […]

Oklahoma Library of Digital Resources Launched to Assist Oklahoma Teachers

Posted by Christy Watson on 9.7.2016

  Oklahoma Library of Digital Resources Launched to Assist Oklahoma Teachers The Oklahoma State School Boards Association announced today the launch of the Oklahoma Library of Digital Resources, an innovative, collaborative and cost-saving effort to help schools improve student achievement. The new online library contains free and low-cost, high-quality digital resources and tools teachers and […]

Oklahoma Schools Struggle with Teacher Shortage Despite Cutbacks

Posted by Christy Watson on 8.22.2016

Oklahoma Schools Struggle with Teacher Shortage Despite Cutbacks, Survey Shows Oklahoma school districts are trying to fill more than 500 teaching vacancies as a new school year begins despite eliminating more than 1,500 teaching jobs since last school year, according to a new survey from the Oklahoma State School Boards Association. The combined impact of […]