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Teacher Staffing Survey Shows Record Vacancies

Posted on 9.14.2022

Annual OSSBA Survey Tracks Teacher Shortage Challenge A new survey shows the struggle to recruit and retain educators in Oklahoma is reaching new levels.  Oklahoma schools reported 1,019 teaching vacancies as the 2022-2023 school year began even as they are on pace to employ record numbers of emergency certified teachers and plan to expand the […]

OSSBA Names Two Recipients for 2022 Barbara Lynch Community Partner Award 

Posted on 8.22.2022

The Oklahoma State School Boards Association selected two organizations that exhibited a strong commitment to their school districts and public education as the recipients of the 2022 Barbara Lynch Community Partner Award – North Tulsa Community Education Task Force and Seaboard Foods. Both organizations exhibited extraordinary passion for their school districts, providing outreach opportunities, furthering […]

OSSBA names 2022 All-State School Board members

Posted on 8.22.2022

Collins, Snell, Humphrey, Lewis, Gowin recognized for dedication to public education The Oklahoma State School Boards Association (OSSBA) has selected five Oklahoma school board members, who demonstrated outstanding service to their local school boards and communities, to be a part of the 2022 All-State School Board.   The honorees are Kandy Collins, Verdigris; Andrew Snell, Locust […]

From the President: Brag a Little

Posted on 2.3.2022

By W. Scott Abbott There’s not just a single defining moment in my more than two decades serving on the school board in Fort Gibson that stands a lasting reminder of the importance of the work we do in helping educate the children of our communities. For me, it’s actually a moment that happens every […]

House Bill 1775: Separating Rhetoric and Reality  

Posted on 6.29.2021

By Brandon Carey  OSSBA Staff Attorney On May 7, 2021, the Oklahoma governor signed House Bill 1775, which included a detailed list of what teachers can’t teach in an Oklahoma classroom regarding race and sex. Fortunately for educators and for school districts, the toxic rhetoric around the bill bore little resemblance to the actual bill language.  Coming […]

Teacher Pay in 2021: Five Years of Progress

Posted on 5.4.2021

  For years, we’ve closely tracked how Oklahoma stacks up when it comes to teacher pay. The reason is simple: children need and deserve the best teachers. Oklahoma remains in a teacher shortage and must stay competitive to keep and reward the great teachers already in our classrooms. Just as important, our state must be […]

“Dad, I Want to Speak”

Posted on 6.11.2020

OSSBA Attorney Brandon Carey, right, recently attended a downtown Oklahoma City protest with his 14-year-old daughter Kyriel. Below is their story. Photo credit: By the House Helps By Brandon Carey OSSBA Staff Attorney I’ve always been interested in civil rights. It’s why I went to law school, and it’s why I continue practicing law. I’ve […]

A Message from Shawn: Listen. Learn. Lead.

Posted on 6.4.2020

I’ve never sat awake in bed at night, restless and worried that skin color might determine whether my children reach their dreams. Not once.   I’ve never had a talk with my children about how wearing a hoodie or sagging pants or head covering might make them a target. Not once.  My heart has never raced when the phone rang, […]

Scott Abbott: Why I Serve

Posted on 12.1.2019

By Scott Abbott My three boys were young and not even all in school yet when I first ran for school board in Fort Gibson. I knew that over the next two decades, the lessons they learned, the friends they made and the teachers they encountered would shape them and their futures in ways I […]

Michael Ray: Why I Serve

Posted on 12.1.2019

By Michael Ray In 2019, it’s still easy to think about school as a place and education as an activity that happens mostly within the physical confines of a school. I don’t think that’s ever really been the case, and it’s certainly not true today. Education at its best has always been a partnership between […]