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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 […]

FY17 Budget Agreement Statement

Posted by Christy Watson on 5.24.2016

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, […]

Survey: Schools Struggling with Budget Decisions Amid Financial Uncertainty

Posted by Christy Watson on 4.12.2016
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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 […]

ESA Statement

Posted by Christy Watson on 3.10.2016

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 […]

OSSBA Statement on Budget Cut

Posted by Christy Watson on 3.3.2016

March 3, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Christy Watson Communications Director, OSSBA 405.528.3571 | 405.821.3209 (cell) [email protected] Shawn Hime, executive director of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, issued the following statement about today’s budget cut announcement: “Today’s budget announcement means schools will lose another $93 per student – a total of $158 less per […]

Education Organizations Applaud Supreme Court Ruling

Posted by Christy Watson on 1.12.2016

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 […]

Education Leaders React to Budget Cuts

Posted by Christy Watson on 1.7.2016

Education Leaders React to Budget Cuts School leaders know the state board of education had no choice but to enact cuts today. We appreciate the efforts of Superintendent Hofmeister, board members and education department staff to arrive at a solution that cushions the blow as much as possible. This is a financially challenging time for […]