Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Oklahoma City student severely beaten in school

Lance West of KFOR has the story.

Homeschooled children up 61.8 percent in 10 years

Terence P. Jeffrey has more details.

Enrollment numbers affect per-pupil funding

In recent comments on this year's state budget agreement, Shawn Hime, executive director of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, makes an important observation. As Nate Robson of Oklahoma Watch reported, "Hime said flat funding means less money will make it into the K-12 classroom because districts’ fixed operational costs are going up. If the state sees another large bump in new students, that means there will be less money per student" [emphasis added].

In other words, the enrollment count affects per-student funding. That's something to keep in mind when school-choice foes tell you that thousands of kids will leave the public school system if education savings accounts are enacted.

UPDATE: Reporters for Oklahoma Watch acknowledge that enrollment numbers affect per-pupil spending: "Oklahoma City Public Schools expects to add up to 1,000 students next school year, diluting its per-pupil revenue."

Nude pictures disrupt Tulsa kindergarten class

Morgan Downing of FOX 23 has the story.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Oklahoma City teacher says elementary students are cursing and assaulting teachers

"A teacher who coaches and evaluates new teachers for Oklahoma City Public Schools says it's not low pay or exhausting hours that’s driving them out the door," The Oklahoman reports, "but verbal and physical abuse by students."

Horace Mann, call your office.

Oklahoma parents not getting the full picture on student proficiency

Lindsey Renuard of the Skiatook Journal has the story.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A false narrative?

I found a couple more quotes for my "ed in the sand" file. It seems that some Oklahoma bloggers are bothered by "the false narrative that public schools are failing" (or, if your prefer the creepier version with capitalization, "the false narrative that Public Education is failing").

I suppose it depends on the what the meaning of the word "failing" is. Only one in three Oklahoma fourth-graders is a proficient reader. The numbers are even worse for eighth-grade math.

Unfortunately, another new report reminds us that Oklahoma's state tests continue to mislead parents about this unacceptably poor student achievement (something OCPA has been pointing out for nearly a decade).

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Private schools for me, but not for thee

"In what would traditionally be considered a gaffe," Scott Whitlock writes, "Barack Obama on Tuesday attacked those who send their children to private schools and play at 'private clubs.' (The President does both.) On Wednesday, ABC, CBS, and NBC avoided Obama's questionable comments, despite eight hours of available air time."

UPDATE: Matt Ladner reminds the president that he's not entitled to his own facts, and Neal McCluskey urges the president not to scapegoat private schools.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Parent of molested child files lawsuit against Tulsa Public Schools

The Tulsa World has the story.

Opt-out movement can 'loosen the state's grip on the children'

"To a large extent, the opt-out conflict is no different than the seemingly endless battles over countless matters into which public schooling forces Americans," Neal McCluskey writes today.
[A]ll children, families, and communities are different. They have different needs, desires, abilities, values, educational philosophies, and on and on, and no single system can possibly treat them all equally. That is why educational freedom—connecting educational funding and decisions to individual children—is the essential reform. That said, if parents are allowed to opt their children out of government-dictated tests it would be a welcome move in the right direction. It would loosen the state's grip on the children, at least a little bit.