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Oklahoma school districts to keep quarantines, not on board with new state policy

Multiple Oklahoma school districts say they won’t adopt a new state policy allowing students and staff to skip quarantines....

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School leaders learned lessons from their missionary backgrounds

Chris Brewster and Barry Schmelzenbach have several things in common. Both men pursued careers in education, and they are...

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OKC elementary schools to reopen next week

Oklahoma City elementary schools are on track to reopen Tuesday for the first time in two months. Students in pre-K through...

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School funding slashed in most Oklahoma districts as virtual enrollment soars

Nearly 86% of Oklahoma school districts will see their state funding cut this month as state dollars shift to rapidly growing...

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Oklahoma City Community College names interim president

Oklahoma City Community College has named Jeremy L. Thomas as its interim president. Thomas assumed the role on Jan. 2 and will...

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Achievers: OSSM graduate recognized for accomplishments in Chemistry Olympiad

As a high school junior, Aaron Xue was chosen in 2019 to be one of 20 top high school students from across the nation to attend...

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Achievers: Moore-Norman tech center earns certification

Henry Dumas, Moore Norman Technology Center Small Business Management coordinator, has earned the Master Certified Coach (MCC)...

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Achievers: Moore Norman Tech graduates first basic peace officer class

Moore Norman Technology Center’s first Basic Peace Officer Academy class recently graduated during a socially distanced...

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How can you use Ancestry.com to build your family tree?

The Oklahoma Home and Community Education Genealogy Group will host Pam Kirkland at 10 a.m. Jan. 20 for a look at how...

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Oklahoma waives quarantines for students, school staff exposed to COVID

Going forward, schools with a mask requirement and COVID-19 safety protocols will not have to quarantine students and teachers...

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Add your high school reunion to this list

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Achievers: Choctaw resident chosen for national virtual band performance

Alexa Smith, of Choctaw, is one of seven Emporia State University students who was chosen to be part of a virtual band...

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How Oklahoma teachers talked about the Capitol riot with students

Watching the news from his social studies classroom, Taft Middle School teacher Eric Parker realized he’d have to scrap the...

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Norman cuts ribbon for $11.86 million 'crown jewel' Dimensions Academy

NORMAN — An $11.86 million project has Norman Public Schools hopeful its alternative education program will flourish. The...

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Achievers: Heritage Hall names head of middle school

Heritage Hall has appointed Matthew Carolan as its head of the middle school effective July 1. Carolan succeeds Ron Allie, who...

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Timeline murky for teacher COVID vaccines in Oklahoma

As schools reopen from winter break, some of Oklahoma’s most vulnerable teachers could receive the COVID-19 vaccine this week,...

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OU student's book reflects a 'Changed Mentality'

While many people spent the pandemic summer hunkered down — safe — watching Netflix and baking loaves of sourdough, OU senior...

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"E-books are selling better than ever," author says

Mel Odom, an OU visiting professor in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Communication, says he's not surprised that Jamelia...

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Not all superheroes are comic book characters

What with the advent of this new year, it seems appropriate to pause and reflect on the year past. I chose to use this...

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Shawnee takes extra measures to help children cope with stress, get ready to learn

SHAWNEE — Empowering the littlest learners to overcome big obstacles is strengthening academic and social foundations at the...

By land and air, weather researchers track tornadic storms

NewsMay 16, 2019

SALINA, Kan. — For the first time in almost a decade, meteorologists from across the Midwest will track and intercept tornado birthing grounds as part of a large-scale collaborative research project. The TORUS Project, or Targeted Observation...

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Start planning for your 2021 high school reunion

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Achievers: Edmond student awarded Biola University scholarship

Camren Offerman, a freshman at Biola University and resident of Edmond, was among 338 freshmen who received one the college's...

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Achievers: Norman student earns Gold Award from University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Business

Gretl Wagner, of Norman, is among 196 students who have earned recognition for their academic excellence from the University of...

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Achievers: SWOSU student from Blanchard named Melody Ashenfelter Scholar

Southwestern Oklahoma State University student Shelby Lankford, of Blanchard, has been named the 2020-21 Melody Ashenfelter...

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Achievers: Mount St. Mary student named Quest Bridge Scholar finalist

A Mount St. Mary Catholic High School senior has been named a Quest Bridge Scholar Finalist. Ian Torres was nominated and...

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Achievers: UCO names fall 2020 class marshals

The University of Central Oklahoma has named five students as class marshals of their respective colleges for the fall 2020...

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Your high school reunion might be set for 2021

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Here's what we know about metro school plans for 2021

More students in the Oklahoma City metro area could return to classrooms in 2021. On Friday, Oklahoma City Public Schools...

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Oklahoma eliminates school report cards for 2020-21

Oklahoma schools will not receive letter grades from the state for academic performance, attendance and other measurements this...

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89,000 teachers gain priority in Oklahoma's vaccine plan

Oklahoma teachers and schools support staff could begin to be offered COVID-19 vaccines as soon as January. Gov. Kevin Stitt on...

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Oklahoma teachers, schools support staff to get COVID-19 vaccines sooner

The change coincides with a push from Gov. Kevin Stitt for all Oklahoma schoolchildren to return to in-person learning next year.

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State auditor: Epic shortchanged taxpayers an additional $823,000

An updated audit of Epic Charter Schools shows the school could have overspent by an additional $823,772 on administrators’...

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Achievers: OKC student receives scholarship

Emily North, who is studying biology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, was among the recently announced scholarship...

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Achievers: Metro Tech teacher receives 2021 national award

Amanda English has been named the 2021 National Association of Career & Technical Education (ACTE) Teacher of the Year. She...

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Achievers: UCO associate professor honored with award

Linda Sealey, associate professor in the Donna Nigh Department of Advanced Professional and Special Services at the University...

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Achievers: Moore Norman Tech professionals selected for leadership program

Moore Norman Technology Center's Health Career Programs director Wendy Perry and Outreach coordinator Jennifer Tupper were...

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Your high school reunion might be set for 2021

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You can match Edmond teachers' donations

Edmond Public Schools teachers and employees have pledged $50,000 this year for classrooms as part of the One Edmond Campaign....

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Do you have some news to share?

Did you recently win an award or receive well-deserved recognition? Or maybe you have an upcoming event you want The...

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Melvin Todd, a 'giant' in Oklahoma education, dies after contracting COVID-19

One of Oklahoma’s most consequential educators has died, leaving a trailblazing legacy of leadership through racial...

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Conflicts of interest bar 2 state officials from votes on Epic Charter Schools

Two members of a board overseeing Epic Charter Schools have been blocked from any action affecting the virtual charter school...

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New Rose State scholarship opportunities announced

MIDWEST CITY — Rose State College students have nine new scholarship opportunities totaling more than $60,189. “These...

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Cristo Rey OKC Catholic High School seeking business partners for student work study

Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School is calling on Oklahoma City businesses to become a partner and help train...

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Achievers: Rose State College awards 10 educators with Golden Apple Award

Rose State College has awarded 10 educators from across the state with the Golden Apple Award, presented annually to...

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Epic approves another round of reforms

Epic Charter Schools continues to add internal reforms in response to complaints from a state audit and the Oklahoma State...

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Has your high school reunion been postponed until 2021?

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Black Women Voices focuses on women in media for next virtual discussion

Black Women Voices will host an online discussion entitled "Let's Talk About Media" from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. In...

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Gov. Kevin Stitt rescinds controversial pick for state education board

Four days after nominating her for the Oklahoma State Board of Education, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Monday his new appointee,...

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Stitt’s new Board of Education pick spread misinformation, conspiracy theories

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s new appointee to the state Board of Education spent months sharing debunked COVID-19 medical advice,...

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Stitt abruptly removes state board of education member

In a sudden shakeup of the Oklahoma State Board of Education, Gov. Kevin Stitt replaced one of his own appointees on Thursday....

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AG: Scholarship can go to religious schools

In a legal opinion affecting dozens of religious schools, Oklahoma’s attorney general said state-funded scholarships cannot be...

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House Democrats doubt safety of in-school quarantine

A group of House Democrats objected to a “surprise decision” to allow in-school quarantines for Oklahoma students. The five...

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Epic Charter Schools settles teachers’ 2019 legal claims

Epic Charter Schools has made a nearly $29,000 payment to settle claims with three former teachers who sued the virtual school,...

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Mustang High School to pilot in-school quarantine

MUSTANG — Oklahoma’s first students to attempt in-school quarantine could start this month at Mustang High School. Mustang...

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Achievers: Yukon student earns FFA honor

Nicole Stevens, of Yukon, was recently named the winner of the National FFA 2020 Star in Agriscience Award. Each year at the...

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Achievers: SWOSU biology students receive funding to support research projects

Three Southwestern Oklahoma State University biology students at Weatherford recently received funding from the Beta Beta Beta...

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Achievers: Tuttle senior serves as national SkillsUSA officer

Ryan Tinder, 17, of Tuttle, has been selected as secretary for the 10-person SkillsUSA National Officer Team. Tinder is the...

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Achievers: Heritage Hall alum gets scholarship

The Heritage Hall Alumni Association recently recognized Anoushka Mullasseril, of the Heritage Hall class of 2015, as its first...

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Can you help? Rose State College students need warm coats, winter clothing

MIDWEST CITY — Warm, winter coats are being collected for Rose State College students. Rose State College’s Center for...

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Check out this list for your high school reunion

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How a former OU football player found his way to the pandemic frontline

HOUSTON — At 6' 6", John Williams, a former University of Oklahoma starting defensive end, is a big man. People notice him and...

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How John Williams proctects his family from COVID-19

HOUSTON — Once every week or so, John Williams pushes those now ubiquitous, long cotton swabs up into his own nose. All the way...

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Epic board meeting postponed

A school board meeting for Epic Charter Schools has been postponed because of COVID-19 exposures. Two of the four members on...

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Family Talk: Pandemic learning got you down? You're not alone

I didn’t realize I would set off a firestorm when I posted on Facebook. It was a simple request: “Can those of you wrestling...

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Students search for shortcuts as virtual schooling expands

Computer programmer Gradyn Wursten still updates a project he created to hack his high school homework. As a sophomore, he...

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School districts pleading for Oklahoma to curb COVID-19

As Oklahoma’s rates of COVID-19 skyrocket, school districts are begging the public to help keep their doors open. Many metro...

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Octogenarian's faithful commitment leads to her recent OBU graduation

SHAWNEE — When JoAnn Bowler was a young girl she wanted to learn to play the piano, but her mother couldn't afford to pay for...

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Aaron Fetrow named new Heritage Hall president

Aaron Fetrow has been appointed president of Heritage Hall, effective July 1, 2021, announced the Heritage Hall Board of...

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Are you cut out for a new career? Metro Tech is offering a new barbering program

Metro Tech is launching a new barbering program in a new space and accepting enrollment applications. Students will learn...

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Black Oklahomans may apply for entrepreneurship academy in January

Opportunities Industrialization Center of Oklahoma County (OIC) has been awarded $50,000 from the OKC Black Justice Fund to...

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Check our list for your high school reunion

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College students, Thanksgiving and the pandemic: Here's what to know

Adam’s Journal My sons are scheduled to come home from college for Thanksgiving. (And Christmas, New Year’s and beyond; the...

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Parents demand open schools, greater voice during COVID-19 pandemic

Frustrated with their options for in-person learning, some Oklahoma parents say they want fully open schools and a seat at the...

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Nazi-looted painting should return to OU, federal judge rules

An Oklahoma City federal judge has denied a French woman’s attempt to keep a Nazi-stolen painting out of a Norman art museum....

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Here’s what we know about COVID-19 in Oklahoma City metro area schools

Multiple metro school districts moved to distance learning once cases leapt to Red Level of COVID-19 spread last week.Oklahoma...

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Oklahoma Christian University offered COVID-19 tests for students heading home for Thanksgiving holiday

Oklahoma Christian University students tested for final exams and for COVID-19 this week. Dr. Jeff McCormack, the university's...

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'A miracle': Survey shows Oklahoma schools are grateful to be open

More than three months into the school year, Oklahoma school districts say they’re encouraged in-person education has lasted...

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At new OKC Black-owned bookstore, "We just want them to come into a place and see themselves"

Two entrepreneurs are counting their blessings these days. Cousins Kenyetta Richard and Courtney Strickland opened Belle Books...

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Chisholm Trail Museum's exhibit of historical maps help reveal Oklahoma's past

KINGFISHER — The Chisholm Trail Museum has opened a special temporary exhibit featuring historical maps from the Oklahoma...

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Achievers: Heritage Hall senior receives national honors

Heritage Hall senior John Claybon has been selected for the College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program and the...

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Need extra job training? Metro Tech might have a free course to help

People whose jobs were impacted negatively by COVID-19 might qualify to receive free workforce development training at Metro...

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Achievers: UCO president named to committee

University of Central Oklahoma President Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar has been named to the executive committee of the Coalition of...

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Has your high school reunion been rescheduled?

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Apply now for Cherokee Nation Foundation scholarships

The Cherokee Nation Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for the 2021-22 academic year. The deadline to apply is...

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Epic Charter School's standing in doubt as new concerns arise

New complaints from state officials could knock Epic Charter Schools’ accreditation status. State schools Superintendent Joy...

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COVID-19 surge sends OKC schoolkids back home

Days after most students returned to the classroom for the first time since March, Oklahoma City Public Schools is sending them...

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38-member OSU committee to search for Hargis successor

STILLWATER — A national search for Oklahoma State University’s next president will involve 38 people representing faculty,...

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Oklahoma state school board doesn't budge on mask policy

Although campaigns for statewide mask policies have gained steam, state education officials again on Thursday declined to...

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Stitt, lawmakers call for audit of state Education Department

Gov. Kevin Stitt and nearly two dozen state lawmakers said they support an investigative audit of the Oklahoma State Department...

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Some OKC parents excited about kids' return to classrooms; some teachers, not so much

Although their first day of school was months ago, Tuesday marked a new start for thousands of students in Oklahoma City Public...

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Project 'bridging the gap' for Bodine Elementary School students

Bodine Elementary School recently celebrated the gift of a footbridge that now allows students to cross a large ravine to get...

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Achievers: OKC student selected as national STEM award winner

The National 4-H Council has announced Aidan Spencer, 18, of Oklahoma City, as the winner of the 2021 4-H and HughesNet Youth...

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When is your high school reunion?

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Museum of the Bible collections comes to Oklahoma Christian University

A collection of Jewish documents and artifacts from the Museum of the Bible will be housed permanently at Oklahoma Christian...

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Teachers protest at contentious OKC school board meeting

An agonizing decision to return to in-person learning was at the center of protests and debates during an Oklahoma City School...

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Bixby, Broken Arrow districts close additional schools for two weeks amid COVID outbreaks

Broken Arrow and Bixby public school districts are moving additional schools to distance learning for two weeks in response to...

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Coalition calls for mask mandate in Oklahoma schools

On a record-high day of reported COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma, a new coalition of doctors, teachers and child advocates have...

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OKC schools don't expect delay for 1st-12th grade return

Although classes have been canceled for nearly two weeks, Oklahoma City students are still expected to return to more than 50...

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Achievers: Mustang school nurse chosen for CDC program

After spending the majority of the 2020-21 school year heading the Mustang Public School's COVID-19 Response Team, district...

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Learn why locally grown food is better

The Oklahoma County OSU Extension and Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) group will conduct a free workshop on “Why...

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Tell us about your events, honors

Share your good news with us. The Oklahoman wants our readers to know about your upcoming special events. We also want to...

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OU called to court over Nazi-stolen painting

A woman whose family lost a 19th-century painting to Nazi looting is taking the University of Oklahoma to court to keep the...

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OCCC: Most classes will be online

Most classes at Oklahoma City Community College will continue online this spring, the college announced Friday. Only courses...

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Billboards call for Oklahoma school mask mandate

Billboards supporting a statewide school mask mandate appeared Friday morning across the state and challenged state education...

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OKC metro schools cancel Friday classes, adjust next week

Oklahoma City Public Schools will adjust student learning schedules in light of widespread ice storm damage and the Nov. 3...

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Carla LynDale Bishop, of Norman, has been named as the inaugural recipient of the MIT and Black Public Media Fellowship, hosted...

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City of Edmond program provides trees for neighborhoods, schools

Applications for the 2020-21 Edmond Tree Grants program are now open. The program makes trees available for neighborhood groups...

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You and your old musical instruments can help give students A Chance to Play

BancFirst is continuing its partnership with the nonprofit A Chance to Play, which provides new and refurbished musical...

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Is your upcoming high school reunion on this list?

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Pandemic hasn't halted Opportunities Industrialization Center students' training, graduation plans

The fall 2020 cap and gown graduation ceremony for students of the Opportunities Industrialization Center of Oklahoma County...

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Prospective students to participate in SWOSU Saturday virtually this year

SWOSU Saturday, an event for prospective students and their family members, will be held virtually on Nov. 14. Southwestern...

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Oklahoma lawmaker seeks to 'reorganize' public school oversight

A scathing audit of Epic Charter Schools could lead to an attempted overhaul of public school oversight. Rep. Sheila Dills,...

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Feds to deliver 1.2M rapid coronavirus tests to Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal officials plan to send Oklahoma nearly 1.2 million rapid coronavirus tests that can diagnose the...

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Despite backing tax hikes to fund teacher pay raises, 5th District candidate Stephanie Bice attacked on education

Despite her support for a massive tax bill to fund teacher pay hikes, Republican state Sen. Stephanie Bice has been under...

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Fewer Oklahoma educators running for state legislative seats

Two years after Oklahoma educators walked out of their classrooms and stormed the state Capitol, fewer teachers are running for...

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How musicians are silencing the virus, not the music

Trombonist Jerrell Charleston loves the give-and-take of jazz, the creativity of riffing off other musicians. But as he looked...

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COVID outbreak at El Reno prison won't alter Canadian County schools' plans

School administrators in El Reno, Mustang and Yukon are sticking to their current schedules for now after learning that a sharp...

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'Time marches on': Hargis to retire as OSU president

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis announced he will retire next year, ending more than a decade of...

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Epic school board approves new financial controls

Following scathing reports of poor financial oversight, the board of education for Epic Charter Schools approved its first...

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Report: Hargis to retire as OSU president

He is among OSU’s longest-serving presidents with a tenure of 12 ½ years. Hargis, an OSU accounting graduate, took office in 2008.

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"Your prayers ... sustained me," David Boren says

Retired OU President David Boren thanked Oklahomans "for their kindness and confidence in me" after a special counsel announced...

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Rose State, Oklahoma lawmakers examine Epic audit

MIDWEST CITY — As two entities overseeing Epic Charter Schools demand millions in repayment and consider breaking ties with the...

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Attention, parents of future Harding Charter Prep freshmen: Apply now for the next school year

Harding Charter Preparatory High School Freshman applications for the 2021-22 school year are now available. Any families...

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Achievers: UCO students recognized

EDMOND — University of Central Oklahoma students Alaa Baha, Jacob Friesen and Zoie Hing recently received UCO Scholastic Awards...

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Achievers: Heritage Hall nurse recognized by March of Dimes

Heritage Hall school nurse Jenny Campbell has received the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year — Managed Care award. The March of...

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Achievers: OKC youth earns Eagle Scout rank

Kip C. Nichols, 17, of Oklahoma City, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank within the Boy Scouts of America...

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Oklahoma student volunteers, apply now for Prudential Spirit scholarships

Student volunteers have through Nov. 10 to apply for scholarships, grants and more through The Prudential Spirit of Community...

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OKC students are returning to school. Do their teachers agree?

Oklahoma City students returned to classrooms on the largest scale since March on Tuesday, but some teachers object to the...

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Does your high school class have a reunion coming up?

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No indictments coming for David Boren, Tripp Hall

Retired OU President David Boren and a former OU vice president, Tripp Hall, will not face any indictments out of an...

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Achievers: Tinker Federal Credit Union awards scholarships

Tinker Federal Credit Union has awarded scholarships to Victor Zamudio-Nunez, a University of Oklahoma student; and Kyle...

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#ThrowbackThursday: The right to peaceably assemble in 1969

We are running a #ThrowbackThursday image each week, showcasing Oklahoma’s history. Be sure to follow us on Twitter...

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Achievers: OU students earn Love of Learning awards

David Soto Zambrana and Brad Crofford, of the University of Oklahoma, were recently awarded a Love of Learning Award worth $500...

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Process begins to end Epic charter contract

Fears of an immediate shutdown of the state’s largest virtual school were alleviated Tuesday, but a termination of Epic...

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Does your high school class have a reunion coming up?

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Epic Charter School ordered to pay $11.2 million to the state

Oklahoma’s top school board has demanded Epic Charter Schools repay $11.2 million in state funds that auditors say was...

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Special counsel appointed over Epic audit

A former Oklahoma labor commissioner has been appointed special counsel to examine the investigative audit of Epic Charter...

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OKC students' return to school all but confirmed with new COVID-19 data

An Oct. 19 return to in-person learning for Oklahoma City students became far more likely with new COVID-19 data released...

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OKC teacher dies after contracting COVID-19

An Oklahoma City Public Schools teacher, described as selfless and “the hardest working woman,” died Monday after contracting...

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Edmond district will need a new superintendent

EDMOND — After 39 years in education including more than two decades with Edmond Public Schools, Superintendent Bret Towne will...

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Norman middle school closes after 20 employees ask for sick leave

A Norman middle school unexpectedly closed Monday after at least 20 teachers and staff, who feared exposure to COVID-19,...

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Fashion show to benefit UCO Central Pantry

Students from the University of Central Oklahoma Fashion Marketing Department will present the Fall 2020 Fashion Show at 7 p.m....

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Achievers: SWOSU scholars

Southwestern Oklahoma State University students Olga Castaneda, of Pampa, Texas; Brock Mason, of Tuttle; Eric Morland, of...

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UCO to host information sessions for adults seeking to complete bachelor’s degree

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma will host several information sessions for adults wanting to complete their college...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

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Achievers: Moore-Norman tech center awards

Moore Norman Technology Center employees recently earned multiple awards during the 53rd annual Oklahoma Association for Career...

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Delay possible for in-person classes in OKC schools

A return to in-person learning for young students in Oklahoma City Public Schools hinges on this week's local COVID-19 rates....

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OU, OSU cancel spring break, go online after Thanksgiving

Oklahoma’s two largest universities have eliminated spring break and will not return to in-person learning after Thanksgiving....

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Epic Charter Schools officials dispute state auditor's findings

Epic Charter Schools officials Friday called a scathing state audit report on their operations a "work of fiction" and issued a...

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What you need to know about the Epic Charter Schools saga

A partial investigative audit of Epic Charter Schools was released on Thursday revealing millions of dollars in questionable...

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Oklahoma lawmakers sound off on scathing state audit of Epic Charter Schools

A scathing state audit report on Epic Charter Schools sparked an immediate response from several state lawmakers who are former...

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'Deeply concerning' investigative audit of Epic Charter Schools released

A partial investigative audit of Epic Charter Schools has revealed millions of dollars in questionable expenditures that will...

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Three former Ponca City coaches charged with sexual offenses involving students

Three former Ponca City wrestling coaches have been accused in criminal charges of sexual offenses involving students and...

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OKCPS releases guidelines for return to in-person learning

Oklahoma City Public Schools officials announced on Wednesday afternoon their plan to have students, teachers and staff return...

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Achievers: Teachers hall of fame

Donna Gradel, the 2018 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year and 2019 National Teacher of the Year Finalist, has been selected to The...

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Foundation for OCCC adds members to board of trustees, launches new website

The Foundation for Oklahoma City Community College has added four new appointees to its board of trustees. Michael “Mick”...

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Community Achievers: Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame inductees

The Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society has selected 11 individuals for induction into the Oklahoma Higher Education...

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Harding Charter Preparatory High School embraces vision to refurbish school gardens

The radishes are up and the spinach is growing in the newly refurbished gardens at Harding Charter Preparatory High School....

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Stillwater parents sue over distance learning

A group of Stillwater Public Schools parents on Monday filed suit against the district over distance learning. The six parents...

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Achievers: National debate champs

Heritage Hall is celebrating the addition of its first Harland B. Mitchell National Speech and Debate Association policy debate...

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Achievers: CareerTech awards

The Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education (OkACTE) recently presented awards at its 53rd annual Oklahoma...

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Achievers: History teacher of the year

Jill Markman, of Norman High School, has been named the 2020 Oklahoma History Teacher of the Year. The Oklahoma History Center...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Carrie Underwood donates $100,000 in supplies to hometown schools

The Checotah native has made multiple donations to her hometown public schools over the years through her C.A.T.S. Foundation.

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Consistency a challenge for Oklahoma schools in COVID-19 era

A month into the school year, COVID-19 continues to challenge Oklahoma school districts to find a consistent method of teaching...

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State board of education requests $3.18 billion budget

A $3.18 billion budget request for Oklahoma’s public schools would restore funding but still falls short of education needs,...

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Norman schools return to five-day in-person classes

NORMAN — Students in Norman Public Schools will come back to the classroom five days a week following pleas and protests from...

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Edmond Electric seeking 'Community Powered Hero' poster contest entries

Edmond Electric is asking Edmond youth to highlight community heroes in a poster contest, asking who inspires them, boosts...

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Science Museum Oklahoma partners with OKC Parks Department for Tinker in the Parks Sept. 26

Tinker in the Parks, an afternoon of exploring creativity, collaboration and community with outdoor tinkering activities, will...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

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The Oklahoma Hall of Fame has selected 71 Oklahoma high school students from 41 high schools statewide to serve on its 2020...

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New Oklahoma Geological Survey director to help state investigate and promote the wise use of the state's natural resources

The Oklahoma Geological Survey is best known these days for keeping its finger on the pulse of the state’s shaky ground. But...

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Community Classroom: Organizations create learning spaces for online students

During a mid-day study break, Eva Lamb rushed inside the City Center youth facility and returned with a no-touch infrared...

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State breaks commitment to Class of 2021 in order to save $1.9 million

Oklahoma broke a promise to the Class of 2021 so it could save $1.9 million. The cost to those students — in academic...

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‘It feels impossible’: International students recount difficult road back to OU

NORMAN — She thought she would surprise her parents with a spring break trip home to Peru. But Karina Risco, an international...