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Statement from OSSBA Executive Director Shawn Hime on Gov. Stitt’s State of the State and Budget Proposal

Posted on 2.4.2019

Statement from OSSBA Executive Director Shawn Hime on Gov. Stitt’s State of the State Address and Budget Proposal Gov. Stitt’s focus on supporting public education and his proposal to invest nearly $100 million more in school funding are promising signs that this legislative session will build on last year’s historic investment in Oklahoma’s children and […]

New Federal Report Reinforces Need for Additional Education Investment

Posted on 12.12.2018

The state’s largest-ever teacher pay raise is shrinking the regional education investment gap, but a new federal report shows Oklahoma will need even more investment to reach what Missouri, Kansas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Colorado and Texas spend on their public school students.  This year’s record increase in education funding to pay for the raise isn’t reflected in the new […]

OSSBA Statement on SDE Analysis of Gov. Fallin’s Executive Order

Posted on 10.21.2018

OSSBA Executive Director Shawn Hime offered the following statement regarding the state Education Department’s analysis of Gov. Fallin’s Executive Order: “The governor’s executive order was an ill-conceived political distraction that was on shaky constitutional ground from the moment she signed it. Superintendent Hofmeister’s firm stand to respect the constitutional authority of the legislature, the state […]

OSSBA Encourages Oklahomans to Vote No on State Question 800

Posted on 10.3.2018

State Question 800 could endanger an important source of dedicated revenue for Oklahoma schools, and the Oklahoma State School Boards Association is encouraging Oklahomans to oppose the ballot measure on Nov. 6. “Simply put, this state question is vague, filled with unknowns and could erode millions of dollars in dedicated funding for public schools,” OSSBA […]

Dr. Joe Siano Joining OSSBA Team

Posted on 9.17.2018

Dr. Joe Siano, one of Oklahoma’s most respected education leaders, is joining the Oklahoma State School Boards Association team as associate executive director.  Siano served as superintendent of Norman Public Schools from 2000 to 2017. He also previously served as an assistant superintendent in Oklahoma City Public Schools and Putnam City Public Schools.   “Dr. Siano is a […]

OSSBA Executive Director Applauds State Education Department Analysis of Executive Order

Posted on 9.2.2018

OSSBA Executive Director Shawn Hime offered the following statement regarding the state Education Department’s analysis of Gov. Fallin’s Executive Order: The governor’s executive order was an ill-conceived political distraction that was on shaky constitutional ground from the moment she signed it. Superintendent Hofmeister’s firm stand to respect the constitutional authority of the legislature, the state […]

Oklahoma Legislature to be Honored for Support of Public Education

Posted on 8.23.2018

Oklahoma’s state legislators will be collectively honored Friday for their support of public education with the Oklahoma State School Boards Association’s Legislator of the Year Award. House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, and Senate Majority Leader and President Pro Tempore-designate Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, will accept the award on behalf of their colleagues during the association’s […]

OSSBA Survey: Teacher Morale Improving but Shortage Persists

Posted on 8.13.2018

The state’s largest-ever teacher pay raise has boosted morale in school districts across the state but has had little immediate effect on Oklahoma’s severe teacher shortage, according to a new survey from the Oklahoma State School Boards Association. Oklahoma schools are starting another year with nearly 500 teaching vacancies despite a heavy reliance on emergency […]

Statement from OSSBA Executive Director Shawn Hime on the end of the veto referendum effort

Posted on 7.2.2018

Statement from OSSBA Executive Director Shawn Hime on the end of the veto referendum effort: For months, uncertainty has cast a shadow over the bold, bipartisan legislative action that led to the state’s largest-ever teacher pay raise and a significant increase in support for public education. Finally, Oklahoma’s teachers can be assured they will receive the pay raise they have […]

Statement from OSSBA Executive Director Dr. Shawn Hime on 799 Ruling

Posted on 6.22.2018

Today’s decision is a victory for Oklahoma children, and I deeply appreciate the state Supreme Court for its swift action.  The financial uncertainty has hindered teacher retention and recruitment efforts during a critical hiring season. Amid an historic teacher shortage, I’m grateful school districts can now move forward with finalizing budgets, fully implement the new certified staff salary schedule and guarantee […]