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OSSBA Executive Director Applauds Teacher Pay Raise Passage

Posted on 3.28.2018

OSSBA Executive Director Shawn Hime Applauds Teacher Pay Raise Passage “This is an incredible moment for Oklahoma teachers and students. I’m so grateful to the senators who voted yes tonight, to the many legislators who chose children and compromise over politics and public education’s tireless advocates. But my biggest appreciation is for Oklahoma’s teachers, who […]

OSSBA Executive Director Shawn Hime Applauds Education Funding and Teacher Pay Raise Plan

Posted on 3.26.2018

  Statement from OSSBA Executive Director Shawn Hime on Education Funding and Teacher Pay Raise Plan: I applaud state representatives for taking an important first step toward a long-term funding plan for public schools that includes competitive teacher pay. Our teachers, students and schools need this. This plan addresses the most immediate crisis in our […]

OSSBA statement on education funding and teacher pay

Posted on 3.8.2018

Statement from OSSBA Executive Director Shawn Hime regarding education funding and teacher pay: “Our hope is legislators will unite and act swiftly on a plan that will encourage Oklahoma’s hard-working teachers and keep them in the classroom. Every day that passes without a solution for long-term education funding and competitive teacher pay exacerbates an already […]

Statement from Shawn Hime on HB1033xx

Posted on 2.12.2018

Statement from Shawn Hime, executive director of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, on HB1033xx vote Today’s disappointing vote rolled out the welcome mat for Texas, Kansas and Arkansas to lure away even more of Oklahoma’s talented teachers. Some lawmakers continue to play partisan politics while students and teachers continue to suffer. That’s unacceptable; they’ve suffered enough. […]

OSSBA Names Outstanding School Board Members

Posted on 1.16.2018

Five Oklahoma school board members have been named to the Oklahoma State School Boards Association’s 2018 All-State School Board for their outstanding service on their local school boards and to the state. A sixth board member was selected as the OSSBA Distinguished Service Award honoree. The winners are: Les Pettitt, a member of the Bethany […]

New National Data Show Oklahoma Falling Further Behind in Education Investment

Posted on 1.9.2018

Oklahoma is falling further behind neighboring states and the nation when it comes to education investment, according to new federal data released Tuesday.   Despite a slight increase in per-student current spending in Oklahoma, the new report from the National Center for Education Statistics reveals the gap between per-student spending in Oklahoma compared to the regional average has widened by $115 million. Oklahoma would need […]

OSSBA Statement on Governor Fallin’s Executive Order

Posted on 11.21.2017

Statement from Shawn Hime, executive director of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association: “The governor’s action today was typical of the cheap political theater we continue to see at the state Capitol and shamefully ignores the difficult reality facing Oklahoma schools.   Calling for school consolidation is simply a distraction designed to score political points. Oklahoma has a serious […]

Special Legislative Session Statement

Posted on 11.17.2017

Statement from Oklahoma State School Boards Association Executive Director Shawn Hime on the Special Legislative Session: “Make no mistake: The legislature’s inability to pass a forward-thinking budget is bad for Oklahoma’s children. Thousands of Oklahoma students are being taught by underqualified, underprepared teachers in overcrowded classrooms. Gov. Fallin asked lawmakers to fund a teacher pay […]

OSSBA Statement on Budget Vote

Posted on 11.8.2017

Oklahoma State School Boards Association Executive Director Shawn Hime issued the following statement on HB1054x: “Once again, political gamesmanship and partisan politics have won the day at the expense of Oklahoma children and families. Holding out for a perfect plan when a strong compromise is on the table is incredibly short-sighted. I urge state leaders […]

Brandon Carey to Join OSSBA Legal Team

Posted on 10.30.2017

  Brandon Carey, an Oklahoma native with deep experience in education law, will join the Oklahoma State School Boards Association legal team in January, OSSBA Executive Director Shawn Hime announced Monday. Since 2013, Carey has served as general counsel for Oklahoma City Public Schools. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Central […]