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 […]

Aiming High: Educators selected for new Emerging Leaders Academy

Posted on 10.27.2017

Twenty Oklahoma educators have been selected for the inaugural class of the Emerging Leaders Academy, a new leadership development program for aspiring superintendents. The academy, a joint effort of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration and the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, is designed to strengthen Oklahoma’s education leadership pipeline. Participants will attend multiple […]

OSSBA Statement on Bipartisan Budget Resolution and Budget Negotiations

Posted on 10.26.2017

OSSBA Executive Director Shawn Hime issued the following statement on today’s bipartisan budget resolution and the ongoing budget negotiations: “The Senate’s passage of a bipartisan budget resolution calling for more diversified revenue sources and challenging House members to pass a budget plan represents meaningful progress. I’m optimistic this will help break the budget impasse. Painful budget […]

Statement on Gov. Mary Fallin’s Call for Special Session

Posted on 9.15.2017

OSSBA Executive Director Shawn Hime’s statement on Gov. Mary Fallin’s call for a special legislative session: “Oklahoma’s historic teacher shortage is evidence of the state’s failure to properly invest in public education. I’m grateful Gov. Mary Fallin is asking legislators to address this desperate situation and hope they will embrace the opportunity to create a […]

Oologah-Talala Board Member Named President of Oklahoma State School Boards Association

Posted on 9.1.2017

Don Tice, a longtime school board member from Oologah-Talala Public Schools, is the new president of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association. He began his one-year term during the association’s annual conference Aug. 26. Tice has served on the Oologah-Talala board since 1994 and on the OSSBA Board of Directors since 2005. “I’m often asked […]

OSSBA 2017 All-State Board Honored

Posted on 8.30.2017

  Five Oklahoma school board members have been honored as the Oklahoma State School Boards Association’s 2017 All-State School Board for their outstanding service on their local school boards and to the state. Combined, the winners have served more than five decades on their local school boards. The honorees are: Don Alsup, Choctaw-Nicoma Park; Gerry […]

Lewis Associates Wins OSSBA’s Architectural Exhibition

Posted on 8.30.2017

Ponca City-based Lewis Associates Architects has been honored by the Oklahoma State School Boards Association for its outstanding architectural work at Pioneer Technology Center. “Excellent building design improves the learning experience, and it’s important to recognize that connection,” said Shawn Hime, OSSBA executive director. The company was presented with the annual architectural People’s Choice Award […]

Oklahoma’s Teacher Shortage Deepens

Posted on 8.22.2017

District Leaders Describe Mixed Experiences with Emergency Certified Teachers  Oklahoma’s schools are starting another school year with more than 500 teaching vacancies despite record numbers of emergency certified teachers and the elimination of more than 400 teaching positions since last school year, according to a new survey from the Oklahoma State School Boards Association.  Nearly […]

Statement on the Oklahoma Supreme Court Decision

Posted on 8.10.2017

Statement on the Oklahoma Supreme Court Decision from Shawn Hime, executive director, Oklahoma State School Boards Association: “I urge Gov. Mary Fallin to quickly call a special session and give legislators the opportunity to create a bipartisan budget that prioritizes Oklahoma’s children and public education. Starting the school year amid budget uncertainty is bad for children […]

FY18 Budget Statement

Posted on 5.26.2017

Statement on FY18 state budget from Shawn Hime, executive director, Oklahoma State School Boards Association: “This legislative session began with hope and optimism that legislators were committed to delivering on a long-overdue teacher pay raise, structural budget reform that would provide a foundation for a long-term funding solution for public education and constructive education policy […]