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Letters to the Editor: Feb. 25, 2014

In deriding state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi, CFN sniped that she is a dentist and not an educator, as if the two things must be mutually exclusive. Barresi co-founded and helped lead two widely respected charter schools in OKC: Charter Independence and Harding Charter Preparatory. Both are distinguished for their academic excellence. In fact, US

Common controversy

If things go as planned, Common Core could reorganize curriculum, change old-school teaching styles, add more weight to literacy and redefine standardized testing. In one year, it’s supposed to be fully implemented in all Oklahoma schools, and the Oklahoma State Department of Education (SDE) just started looking for new tests. It has been a loaded

Avoiding a fiasco in education

High-stakes testing forced schools to narrow the curriculum, focus on remediation and test prep, and commit to basic skills instruction that verges on educational malpractice. Worse, states must start using primitive bubble-in tests for teacher evaluations. Teachers are also supposed to turn on a dime and teach the opposite types of tests, known as Common

Avoiding a fiasco in education

High-stakes testing forced schools to narrow the curriculum, focus on remediation and test prep, and commit to basic skills instruction that verges on educational malpractice. Worse, states must start using primitive bubble-in tests for teacher evaluations. Teachers are also supposed to turn on a dime and teach the opposite types of tests, known as Common

Taking cover

The May 20 tornado fuels calls for more schools to have shelters or safe rooms. BY GREG HORTON Strengthening school safety from Mother Nature’s deadly wrath quickly became a focal issue in the wake of the May 20 tornado that devastated parts of Central Oklahoma. The EF5 funnel cloud destroyed two Moore elementary schools —

Taking cover

The May 20 tornado fuels calls for more schools to have shelters or safe rooms. BY GREG HORTON Strengthening school safety from Mother Nature’s deadly wrath quickly became a focal issue in the wake of the May 20 tornado that devastated parts of Central Oklahoma. The EF5 funnel cloud destroyed two Moore elementary schools —

Degrading the grade

Most districts have opted not to release the grades until the State Board of Education certifies them at its Oct. 25 meeting. Board members voted last week to halt its issuance so agency officials could review the evaluation system, which many district superintendents claim is flawed. The one exception in the metro, Putnam City Schools,

Degrading the grade

Most districts have opted not to release the grades until the State Board of Education certifies them at its Oct. 25 meeting. Board members voted last week to halt its issuance so agency officials could review the evaluation system, which many district superintendents claim is flawed. The one exception in the metro, Putnam City Schools,

Super intentions

“It is so very exciting. It is fast-paced. This is a 24/7 job. There is not downtime,” Barresi said. “This is so incredibly rewarding and so exciting to have the opportunity to be of service to my state and to the children of the state to truly reform education and to bring effective instruction.” In

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