The new director of Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth sees unique opportunities for the agency that serves as a watchdog group for child welfare.
State leaders see low education assessment scores as a starting point for the state to close the achievement gap.
State education leaders recently submitted a plan to boost high school graduation rates, combat hunger, improve early childhood education and reduce the use of emergency-certified teachers.
Oklahoma recently set another record for the number of emergency teaching certificates it approved.
While some students can look forward to not taking state tests this year, others will have to wait until fall for their results.
The state Legislature failed to pass a bill for a penny sales tax toward education; meanwhile, the state issued 1,100 emergency teacher certifications and still has vacancies.
More Oklahoma school districts are switching to four-day school weeks, but proposed changes at the statehouse could curb their plans.
Teacher pay has now been compared to the pay of full-time QuikTrip employees, and teachers are on the losing end.
The proposed system gets rid of A-F Report Card requirements and considers success indicators like college readiness.
Each state will approve Every Student Succeeds Act requirements and send them to the United States Department of Education.