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 […]

Statement on state budget negotiations

Posted on 5.16.2017

Statement from Oklahoma State School Boards Association Executive Director Shawn Hime: “I’ve been optimistic this session that state leaders would live up to their public statements in support of public education and increased teacher pay. That optimism is quickly fading. We need bold leadership now. Legislators and state leaders need to quit having press conferences, […]

Survey: Budget Cuts Leaving Oklahoma Students Behind

Posted on 4.2.2017

Climbing class sizes and shrinking educational opportunities will become more widespread for Oklahoma students next year if state funding for schools continues its unpredictable decline, according to a new survey. The survey from the associations representing school administrators and school board members asked school districts the effect of potential budget cuts for next school year. […]

Statement regarding the state board of education’s approval of a Norman charter school

Posted on 3.23.2017

Statement from Shawn Hime, executive director of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, regarding the state board of education’s approval of a Norman charter school: “I am extremely disappointed that the state Board of Education blatantly ignored state law and the valid concerns of state schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister in approving the LeMonde International Charter […]

Oklahoma Library of Digital Resources Expands

Posted on 3.9.2017

The state’s only online library of digital content teaching resources aligned to Oklahoma academic standards has expanded to include new resources and tools for elementary and middle school teachers. The Oklahoma Library of Digital Resources, which first launched in August with resources for 10 high school courses, is an innovative, collaborative and cost-saving effort to […]

OSSBA Executive Director Reacts to Voucher Bill Decision

Posted on 3.1.2017

Statement from Shawn Hime, OSSBA executive director: “I appreciate the Senate for not moving forward with a divisive bill that distracts from the most important issues facing Oklahoma’s nearly 700,000 public school students: a historic teacher shortage and severe budget cuts. I’m confident that a collective focus among legislative, business and education leaders and parents […]

Analysis: Voucher Proposal Could Divert Millions from Public Schools

Posted on 2.24.2017

A proposed law to establish a voucher program in Oklahoma, Tulsa and Cleveland counties could divert available funding for Oklahoma public schools by as much as $30 million next year and $1.6 billion over the next decade, according a projected financial analysis from the Oklahoma State School Boards Association. Documents: Vouchers Annual Projection District-Level Voucher […]