The Open Transfer Act Passes House Education Committee (HB 2074)

Update: Open Transfer Act Passes House Floor 02/25/21 The Open Transfer Act, promoted by Gov. Kevin Stitt during his State of the State address, passed the House Education Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 16 with a vote of 11-3. This Act, numbered House Bill 2074, proposes to implement specific measures that would make the transfer ofContinue reading The Open Transfer Act Passes House Education Committee (HB 2074)

Altering the Teacher Certification Process: Key Bills

Article Updated March 1, 2021 The teacher shortage problem in Oklahoma is a serious issue. According to the state’s 2018 Supply & Demand Report, Oklahoma has lost teachers at an average rate of 5,000 teachers per year over the last decade, with retirement accounting for only 10% of that figure. To counteract this trend, severalContinue reading Altering the Teacher Certification Process: Key Bills

Altering Professional Learning Requirements — HB 1593

Article Updated March 1, 2021 POE often receives reports that teachers are overwhelmed by the amount of reoccurring professional learning courses required each year — like the annual bloodborne pathogen training, for example. Many teachers would prefer to opt out of such trainings and pass an exam or simply take the training courses less frequently,Continue reading Altering Professional Learning Requirements — HB 1593

Vaccine Available to All School Employees Starting Feb. 22nd

Gov. Kevin Stitt, on Wednesday of this week, announced that all school employees will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as early as February 22nd. This development allows for approximately 89,000 public school employees, if they so choose, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the next several weeks. In December, Gov. Stitt and SecretaryContinue reading Vaccine Available to All School Employees Starting Feb. 22nd

Trent Smith’s SBE Nomination Confirmed by Senate

Article Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 24 On Tuesday, Feb. 23 the Oklahoma Senate confirmed Trent Smith’s nomination to the State Board of Education by a vote of 38-9. The former OU football captain’s nomination previously advanced through the Senate Education Committee with a 10-3 vote on Feb. 9. Gov. Kevin Stitt nominated Smith to the stateContinue reading Trent Smith’s SBE Nomination Confirmed by Senate

Senate Education Committee (2021)

Chairman Adam Pugh Republican — District 41 (Edmond) Room 425 | (405) 521-5622 adam.pugh@oksenate.gov Vice Chairman Dewayne Pemberton Republican — District 9 (Muskogee) Room 429 | (405) 521-5533 Dewayne.Pemberton@oksenate.gov NATHAN DAHAMR — District 33 (Tulsa)Rm 526 | (405) 521-5551nathan.dahm@oksenate.gov J.J. DOSSETTD — District 34 (Owasso)Rm 531 | (405) 521-5566jj.dossett@oksenate.gov JO ANNA DOSSETTD — District 35Continue reading Senate Education Committee (2021)

Governor’s Executive Budget Summary

A Glance at Gov. Stitt’s Budget Proposal (FY2022) Gov. Kevin Stitt’s executive budget proposal recommends a total of $8.3 billion in spending for the fiscal year 2022. Of this proposal, $7.9 billion accounts for recurring expenses and approximately $455.2 million is designated for one-time expenses. This FY2022 budget is “largely flat” according to the state’sContinue reading Governor’s Executive Budget Summary