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

Bethany Public SchoolsSept. 21: Bethany Public Schools found three positive cases in its middle school and five in its high...

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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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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...

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House advances Lucas bill to improve STEM education in rural areas

The House passed legislation by Rep. Frank Lucas on Wednesday that would enlist various federal agencies in the effort to...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Arts Council Oklahoma City’s All Access Arts program creating new online art classes for OKC Public Schools

Each week, 33 elementary schools and 13 middle schools will have access to multiple disciplinary art lessons.

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Harding Charter Prep sees record enrollment as it navigates pandemic

With a record-breaking enrollment of over 530 students, beginning a school year during a pandemic to meet the needs of all...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

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Deadline to apply for innovative educator award is Sept. 25

Oklahoma's Electric Cooperatives and the K20 Center are seeking innovative Oklahoma educators to apply for the SKIE (Supporting...

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OKC students to return to schools in October

Oklahoma City Public Schools’ youngest students could return to face-to-face classes in October. The district announced Tuesday...

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OKC schools plan dates for in-person return to classes

Oklahoma City Public Schools is charting a path back to the classroom. Superintendent Sean McDaniel presented a Return to...

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Speaker to discuss messages that drive behavior change on Sept. 16

Communication professional Jeffrey Jordan believes anyone can learn how to use storytelling to help audiences change health...

By land and air, weather researchers track tornadic storms

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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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Several NE OKC churches open as virtual hubs for students

Several churches in northeast Oklahoma City haven't reopened for in-person worship since the pandemic shutdown in March....

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Efforts underway to make addiction treatment readily available to rural Oklahomans

Oklahoma State University's National Center for Wellness & Recovery is rapidly expanding its telemedicine services with a...

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Stitt chooses Walters as next education secretary

A public school teacher and organization director is Gov. Kevin Stitt’s pick for his next secretary of education. The governor...

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Kristin Chenoweth headlining Oklahoma City University's new acting master's degree program

An OCU graduate, Chenoweth will conduct master classes at least once a year for OCU MFA students in L.A.

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Nonprofit offers technology training for adults navigating virtual school with children

A local organization specializing in adult literacy and career education training will turn its focus toward helping parents...

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#ThrowbackThursday: Parents join kids on crosstown bus ride

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

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Mustang schools employee dies from COVID-19 complications

MUSTANG — A member of the Mustang Public Schools support staff has died from complications from COVID-19. The school district...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

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Metro Tech Board of Education officers reelected

Metro Tech Board of Education officers recently were reelected and will serve the 2020-21 school year. Gaining reelection were...

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Mustang High School awarded $5,000 Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Grant

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Aviation Education Program has awarded a $5,000 grant to Mustang High School that will...

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OSU's Project ECHO helping school leaders, teachers adjust to educating during pandemic

A still-new distance learning tool based at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa was adapted because...

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Metro Tech employees recently received awards and recognition for their commitment to career and technical education during...

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The Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club Higher Education Scholarship Recipients have been announced for the 2020-2021 academic...

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Valeria Carreno, an Edmond North High School graduate, is this year’s recipient of the Paycom Software Inc. (NYSE:PAYC) Barry...

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Mustang Education Center awarded $2,500 Oklahoma Arts Council grant

The Oklahoma Arts Council has awarded a $2,500 grant to the Mustang Education Center. The center houses a half-day...

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Legal battle over Epic Charter Schools funds set for trial

A legal dispute will go to trial over Epic Charter Schools student funds. A final hearing will take place Dec. 16-18 in...

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Virus is not keeping students away from colleges

Expecting COVID-19 to keep students closer to home, universities nationwide braced themselves for a drop in enrollment this...

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Veteran teachers retire over coronavirus concerns

Oklahoma’s teacher shortage is growing more severe with the spread of COVID-19. More teachers are opting for retirement than...

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Oscar winner Ron Howard establishes OU drama scholarship in memory of his parents

NORMAN — Academy Award-winning filmmaker and Duncan native Ron Howard is taking action to help aspiring actors with small-town...

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Oklahoma City district volunteer program launching soon

The start of the school year typically correlates with a large number of community volunteers signing up to work directly in...

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Statewide tuition-free virtual school still accepting applications

Oklahoma Information and Technology School is open to sixth- and seventh-grade students anywhere in Oklahoma.

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Identification, enrollment no longer needed for free OKC school meals

A free meal program from Oklahoma City Public Schools is once again open to any child, no identification or proof of enrollment...

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OU students demand return to virtual classes

NORMAN — Doran Walters has been at the University of Oklahoma for less than a month, but students, particularly those without...

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Langston University to benefit from two new agreements

Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences have agreed to pay Langston University...

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Achievers: Scholarships awarded

IBC Bank-Oklahoma recently announced the awarding of the A.R. Sanchez Memorial scholarship to several Oklahoma high school...

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Achievers: Francis Tuttle instructor gets honor

Francis Tuttle Technology Center instructor Sherri Gleaves has been named Teacher of the Year by the Oklahoma Association for...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

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OSU COVID cases nearly double in second week of classes

STILLWATER — Positive COVID-19 cases nearly doubled at Oklahoma State University over the past week. OSU’s Stillwater campus...

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Achievers: Fellowship earned

Anna Delony, an Oklahoma City University alumna and graduate student, has been awarded an $8,500 fellowship from the Honor...

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Great Pelican Race tickets, sponsorships still available

EDMOND — Plastic pelicans will be racing down a slide and into the lazy river toward the finish line on Saturday during Edmond...

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'Forever memorable': OKC schools return with virtual first day

What a difference a year has made. Last year, Oklahoma City Public Schools began a new era with its first day of school. A...

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OU requires diversity training for employees, students

NORMAN — Online diversity training is now mandatory for all students, faculty and staff at the University of Oklahoma’s three...

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Technology delays making school year start 'even harder'

Unexpected delays in technology deliveries have cut close to the start of the school year, potentially affecting hundreds of...

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St. Anthony hospitals support schools with donations

St. Anthony Hospital is helping a group of teachers stay safe in the midst of the pandemic. Officials with SSM Health, the...

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Dozens of school districts not following COVID mask guidance, officials say

More than a third of Oklahoma school districts are not following state guidance to require masks in schools, state officials...

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#ThrowbackThursday: Ladders of labor

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

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The University of Oklahoma Black Alumni Society Oklahoma City/Norman Chapter recently awarded $15,000 in scholarships for the...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

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2 Edmond students, teacher test positive for COVID-19

EDMOND — Edmond Public Schools announced three new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday in an elementary, middle and high school,...

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Former Oklahoma health commissioner Gary Cox to earn $205,000 at OU

A replaced Oklahoma health commissioner will earn $205,000 a year at the University of Oklahoma, where classes began this...

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Emma Adams, of Noble, an incoming high school senior, has been named a National Youth and Young Adult Ambassador by the...

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Chelsea Herndon has been named the Oklahoma recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award by the National Association...

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Letting off steam: new research through OU could lead to increased energy production, reduced costs

NORMAN — While the U.S. is one of the world’s top geothermal energy resources, the technology remains largely untapped across...

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State's school bus driver shortage getting worse

OKLAHOMA CITY — Delia Wicker never doubted she would return to school this fall when her district reopened for in-person...

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House Democrats urge for statewide school COVID mandates

Democratic lawmakers have implored the Oklahoma State Board of Education to mandate COVID-19 precautions in schools. The House...

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Oklahoma school COVID-19 guidelines widely ignored in rural districts

The 800 residents of Dewar have been fairly split. Half of the eastern Oklahoma town’s parents told the local school district...

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OBU ceremony gives peace, confidence to incoming nursing students

SHAWNEE — Tess Batchelor and other junior nursing students gathered on the campus lawn with a sense of expectancy. It was their...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for Aug. 22

YouVersion shares parent resources The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for parents as they face the start of a new...

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Morning roundup: A 59 for Scheffler, a near-miss for Johnson in Boston

Scottie Scheffler had the 12th round at 59 or better on the PGA Tour on Friday, and by far the quietest magic number ever shot.

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McAlester schools to reopen amid state-high COVID-19 rate

MCALESTER — In the county with the highest COVID-19 rate in Oklahoma, McAlester Public Schools still plans to have students...

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Stillwater adds bar restrictions; Videos show crowds gathering near OSU campus

STILLWATER — The city of Stillwater announced new restrictions for bars Wednesday after videos posted to Twitter showed large...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

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Achievers: OC students receive honors

Oklahoma Christian University public relations students' efforts to raise awareness and organize student outreach to elected...

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Applications for UCO's Black Male Summit Leadership Class due

EDMOND — Applications are open for the University of Central Oklahoma’s inaugural Black Male Summit Leadership Class. The...

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Greg Smith appointed to Rose State College Board of Regents

Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed Greg Smith to the Rose State College Board of Regents. "Greg's experience in the aerospace and...

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Achievers: Art show

Incoming Mustang High School sophomore Joanna “Joey” Rivera received the 2020 Superintendent's Choice Best of Show award at the...

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Financial stress for colleges could be worse

In the early 1980s, state appropriations provided more than 40% of the University of Oklahoma's operating budget. Today, the...

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State delivers $10 million in PPE to schools

Oklahoma schools will have stockpiles of personal protective equipment within their reach this week. Public, charter and...

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'On the Horizon' exhibit features metro-area educators

The "On the Horizon" art exhibit will be on display through Aug. 29 at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford....

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Achievers: Leaders of Promise scholar

Oklahoma City Community College student Cullen Smith has been selected as a Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise scholar. The...

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Achievers: Scholarship winners

The Hearing Loss Association of America Central Oklahoma Chapter (HLAA) recently announced the 2020 HLAA Scholarship...

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Safety tips for returning to school during COVID-19

Returning to school has taken on new meaning and a new set of worries for parents and caregivers during the age of COVID-19. As...

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Officials say district's COVID-19 waiver is improper

One northeastern Oklahoma school district is requiring parents to sign a new back-to-school form this year — a liability waiver...

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23 OSU sorority members test positive for COVID-19, house under quarantine

STILLWATER — An entire sorority house is under quarantine and isolation at Oklahoma State University. The university confirmed...

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$256,000 grant to support tragedy response in Moore

Moore Public Schools, a district grappling with tragedy, received more than $256,000 to surround students with mental health...

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Metro schools get back in session this week

For the first time in the COVID-19 era, metro area schools are returning to a semblance of traditional education. Moore Public...

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17 students exposed to COVID-19 at Westmoore High School

MOORE — Seventeen Westmoore High School students will have to quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 on the first day of...

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OU, OSU seeing spike in first-year students asking for 'gap year' amid COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 is driving more and more newly admitted students to postpone attending the state's two largest universities. As of...

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Oklahoma County judge imposes $500,000 fine on Epic Charter Schools' nonprofit

An Oklahoma County district judge leveled a $500,000 fine against the nonprofit overseeing Epic Charter Schools on Wednesday....

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Hector Ceballos, of Oklahoma City, has received a scholarship to continue his high school education at the United World...

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Two students from the Oklahoma City area have been selected to participate in Bank of America’s Student Leaders program, where...

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DNA testing to be discussed during OHCE Genealogy meeting

DNA testing and its use as a tool to explore family ethnicity and history will be the topic of the Oklahoma Home and Community...

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Children's Hospital at OU Medicine extending free lunch program for children through Aug. 28

In response to Oklahoma City Public Schools delaying the start of school, The Children’s Hospital at OU Medicine is extending...

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The American Academy of Nursing recently announced it has selected 230 distinguished nurse leaders to join the 2020 Class of...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

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Mustang High School adopts blended A/B schedule

MUSTANG — Mustang High School will blend in-person and distance learning for the first three weeks of school. The Mustang...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Educators adjust to teaching music amid pandemic

As the fall semester approaches amid persistent COVID-19 numbers, Oklahoma’s music educators are searching for ways to safely...

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Oklahoma Energy Resources Board provides scholarships to students pursuing petroleum industry-related degrees

An oil- and gas-supported scholarship fund is sending out $205,500 in scholarships to 69 students pursuing petroleum...

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OU staff protest in-person return, plead for job security

NORMAN — Staff at the University of Oklahoma demanded 100% online classes and protections from layoffs during a protest Monday...

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Lessons learned in Oklahoma’s interrupted semester will be critical to delivering instruction this fall

Kari Phillips is nervous for herself and her fellow teachers. “The anxiety levels are through the roof,” she said. The eighth...

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First high school at original state fairgrounds still making economic impact

For 113 years the highlight of each fall has been the State Fair of Oklahoma, an educational and entertainment extravaganza...

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As need grows for school counselors, Oklahoma's funding lags behind

When schools closed statewide this year, Sarah Kirk suddenly had hundreds of calls to make. Kirk is one of two school...

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Trump orders more unemployment pay, a payroll tax deferral

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Seizing the power of his podium and his pen, President Donald Trump on Saturday moved to bypass the...

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Oklahoma churches continue back-to-school efforts during pandemic

Despite the pandemic or maybe because of it, several churches are continuing their longstanding tradition of providing...

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Delayed ceremony honors Okahoma Baptist University graduates

SHAWNEE — Oklahoma Baptist University graduates embarked on a symbolic final walk across campus before arriving in front of...

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University of Central Oklahoma to establish scholarship through partnership with homebuilder

A new home under construction in Oklahoma City will help fund a new scholarship in the College of Business at the University of...

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Oklahoma Arts Council offering funding for state schools to buy arts supplies

Schools that provide access to arts education in rural, under resourced or culturally diverse areas of the state will be...

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Dozens of bias incidents reported at OU over two-year period

During a two-year period at the University of Oklahoma, dozens of complaints over alleged biased or prejudiced behavior were...

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Stitt's grants to private school students could reach more than impoverished families

Federal aid funds Gov. Kevin Stitt said would support low-income private school students could become available to families...

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Grand jury hears testimony on Boren

A criminal investigation of David Boren entered a new phase Wednesday when the state's multicounty grand jury got involved....

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

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Canadian Valley Technology Center campuses will open Aug. 13

Canadian Valley Technology Center will open Aug. 13 with students at all three area campuses. Administrators will follow...

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Cleveland County 4-H awards program, online auction set

This year's Cleveland County 4-H Banquet will look a little different amid COVID-19 concerns and social distancing. The video...

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Putnam City delays first day of virtual schooling

Putnam City Public Schools will delay its school year by a week. The district school board voted Monday evening to push the...

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Welcome to the home of The Oklahoman's daily podcast dedicated to informing readers about the latest headlines, including the...

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Children’s Hospital Mother & Baby Center offers class The Mother & Baby Center at The Children’s Hospital is offering a...

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OCU president to retire in June

The president of Oklahoma City University will retire next year. President Martha Burger announced Monday morning her final day...

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OSU cancels 2020 Homecoming

STILLWATER — America's Greatest Homecoming is canceled. The Oklahoma State University Alumni Association announced Monday no...

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Norman schools to have online start; opening day moved back a week

NORMAN — Norman Public Schools will not return to in-person learning at the beginning of the school year. The district will...

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Mid-Del schools splitting schedule, Yukon to start virtually

Metro area schools continue to adjust reopening plans as rising COVID-19 rates loom over the first day of school. Midwest...

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Stitt puts $10 million toward school PPE, promises teacher testing

Oklahoma schools will receive $10 million in personal protective equipment and are expected to test teachers monthly for...

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Epic budgets $270 million in revenue, completes internal audit

Epic Charter Schools projects nearly $270 million in revenue this fiscal year as its enrollment skyrockets into the largest...

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The Putnam City Schools Foundation has announced the appointment of five new members to its board of trustees, as well as the...

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OSU hosts virtual town hall in attempt to provide students, parents clarity

Oklahoma State University faculty members discussed student COVID-19 testing, the university’s new mask policy, hybrid classes...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

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The Exchange Club of Oklahoma City has awarded its annual $2,000 Youth of the Year scholarship to Nicholas Sayegh, 18, who...

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Edmond schools to reopen with split schedule

Edmond Public Schools opted Tuesday for a blended learning model instead of reopening traditionally. The Edmond Board of...

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COVID-19 poses another challenge for schools – air quality

Plans to safely reopen Oklahoma schools are plentiful, but not much can be done to improve air quality in buildings. School...

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Tulsa Public Schools to propose starting school year with 100% distance learning

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist will recommend starting the upcoming school year through 100% distance...

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Schools set plans, precautions for fall semester

School districts around Oklahoma have spent the summer preparing for the start of school. Everything is different this year...

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OSU-OKC launches summer movie series

The Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City campus will host a summer movie series starting on Aug. 1. Other family-friendly...

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Lesson Plan: School districts describe path to reopening

Most public schools in the state are preparing to open their doors for a traditional return this year, but school will be...

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Putnam City to start school year virtually

Another major metro school district will start the academic year at home. Putnam City Public Schools announced Friday it will...

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State school board rejects mandate for masks, closures

State education officials voted down mask mandates and closure requirements for public schools on Thursday. The Oklahoma State...

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OSU residents to take COVID tests at move-in

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State University announced Thursday it will require students to complete a COVID-19 test before checking...

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College fall 2020 semester: Bars, frats could ruin COVID reopening

As hundreds of universities attempt to offer in-person classes this fall, their success or failure hinges on much...

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Surge pushes Epic Charter Schools to highest enrollment in state

Epic Charter Schools has grown into the largest school system in Oklahoma amid pandemic demands and increasing interest. The...

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Tesla picks Texas site for second US vehicle assembly plant

Electric car maker Tesla Inc. has picked the Austin, Texas, area as the site for its largest auto assembly plant employing at...

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OKC district to start school online with delayed date

Oklahoma City Public Schools will start the 2020-21 school year online and three weeks later than expected. The district Board...

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In Oklahoma, remote learning goes to the next level

EPIC Charter Schools will debut Classcraft to an estimated 40,000 students this fall.

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Remote learning goes to the next level in Oklahoma

For schools across the nation, this back-to-school will look different than any we’ve seen before. While most schools are...

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Metro Tech classes to begin Aug. 10 for high school students; traditional and online classes planned

Metro Tech classes will begin Aug. 10 for students in 10th through 12th grade in Oklahoma City, Millwood and Crooked Oak Public...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City has named five recipients of the Carrie Jacobi Scholarship. The fund originated...

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The Oklahoma Association of School Administrators (OASA) has named Robert Romines of Moore Public Schools as the 2020 OASA...

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Mustang Middle School programming/robotics teacher Nate Ware was one of seven other STEM (science, technology, engineering,...

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Norman parents push back against in-person instruction

NORMAN — More than 2,000 parents are asking Norman school district officials to delay the start of the 2020-21 school year,...

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OU requires COVID-19 tests for campus residents

NORMAN — All students moving into campus housing at the University of Oklahoma must take a COVID-19 test before arrival. The...

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Stitt pledges $30 million to private schools, digital learning

About $30 million in education relief funds will support private school students and online learning, the governor has...

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Education groups call for mask requirement

The Oklahoma Education Association and other local organizations are urging state leaders to require the use of face masks in...

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Epic's Learning Fund should face public audit, virtual school board says

A board overseeing Epic Charter Schools said a bank account paying out student activity and educational funds should be open...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

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Metro Tech has announced the recipients of the Site Directors’ Student of the Year and Superintendent’s Student of the Year...

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Sean Cheng, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics class of 2021, was selected to participate in the summer Research...

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Free Yukon concerts continue July 16 with Mountain Smoke; instrument donations to be collected for students

YUKON — The free Concert in the Park series will continue at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Chisholm Trail Park, 500 W Vandament Ave....

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OKC schools reverse student mask policy

Oklahoma City Public Schools has changed its stance on a student mask mandate. District administrators will recommend a mask...

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Cherokees offer technology, clothing funding

TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Nation has established a new online site where Cherokee parents can apply for clothing and technology...

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Elliot Chambers appointed to head Oklahoma Commissioners of the Land Office

The Oklahoma Commissioners of the Land Office voted Tuesday to appoint former White Star Chief Executive Officer Elliot...

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OU moves 2020 graduation to May 2021

NORMAN — Spring 2020 graduation ceremonies at the University of Oklahoma are moving to 2021. OU announced Tuesday morning it...

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OKC board approves $2 million contract for school resource officers

Police officers will return to Oklahoma City schools for another year with a $2 million price tag. The Board of Education for...

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Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students

BOSTON (AP) — The Trump administration has rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer schools...

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Tech career training, scholarships being offered by Google

As many Oklahomans remain unemployed hoping for the economy to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, there are options...

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'A tough choice': Oklahoma teachers conflicted on return to classrooms

Oklahoma teachers are sizing up the risks of returning to the classroom while most, if not all, school districts in the state...

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Stitt recommends energy firm CEO to head Oklahoma Commissioners of the Land Office

The CEO of an oil and gas company that allegedly shorted the Oklahoma Commissioners of the Land Office on royalty payments is...

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Hofmeister: Mask mandate in schools 'certainly a possibility'

Masks could become as common in Oklahoma classrooms as whiteboards and pencils, as schools and state officials consider whether...

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'The fear is real': OU students, employees urge for more online options

NORMAN — Scores of students, faculty and staff have urged the University of Oklahoma to allow more freedom to choose online...

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OU, OSU respond to ICE proposal to bar some international students

The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University are reviewing proposed federal guidance that would require...

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Oklahoma law professors, grads express concerns over July bar exam

Money, job prospects, getting sick, getting family members sick. These are some of the concerns on recent law school...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

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Mustang High School graduate Claire Jones, of Yukon, is the 2020 winner of the $500 Robert “Bob” Burton scholarship presented...

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Chris Ozinga, Mustang Public Schools’ assistant director of bands and director of percussion, has been endorsed by Innovative...

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

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UCO establishes teacher education scholarship in honor of Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma College of Education and Professional Studies has established the Elementary...

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National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosting Adventure Days in July

Adventure Days at The Cowboy will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through July 25 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage...

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Echo Energy, an independent oil and gas company headquartered in Oklahoma City, has established a five-year partnership with...

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Two state teens have received $1,000 V.R. Carter Scholarships from the Oklahoma Foundation for the Education of Blind Children...

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Mustang High School incoming senior Samantha Lorenzen was one of four students honored at the 10th annual Outstanding Economics...

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Edmond releases return-to-school plan

EDMOND — Edmond Public Schools expects to resume face-to-face instruction this fall with plans to go from “brick to click” if...

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OCCC names new provost

Oklahoma City Community College has named Jeremy Thomas as the college’s new provost. Thomas already serves the college as vice...

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Watch: President Trump, first lady discuss safely reopening US schools

Watch live as President Trump and first lady Melania attend an event on safely reopening the nation's schools.

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The COVID-19 pandemic forced the awarding of the Bronco 4 Ever Scholarship to look a little different this year. Instead of an...

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Southwestern Oklahoma State University sophomore Alexandria Silvernail, of Midwest City, has been named the 2020-21 Ernestine...

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Lawsuit against former OU Vice President Tripp Hall settled

NORMAN — A former University of Oklahoma student who accused a vice president of sexual assault and battery has accepted a...

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Schools receive $16 million in COVID-19 relief grants

State officials doled out $16 million in grants for coronavirus relief to school districts this week. The Oklahoma State...

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OSU, drone contractor launch internship program

A new internship program at Oklahoma State University’s Unmanned Systems Research Institute is taking flight. Navatek, an...

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OU Energy Institute plans webcast discuss energy industry changes

Energy webcast set Threats and opportunities in the energy industry will be the topic of the next University of Oklahoma Energy...

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OSU planning in-person classes in spring 2021

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State University “fully plans” to host in-person classes on campus in spring 2021. President Burns Hargis...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

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OSU Extension offers summer youth workshops

The Oklahoma County OSU Extension Service will offer youth workshops during July at the OSU Extension Conference Center, 2500...

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Amanda English has received the 2020 ACTE Regional IV Teacher of the Year award. She was recognized in May at the Association...

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Ten students representing five Oklahoma school systems received recognition for their projects during the 2020 National History...

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City of Norman accepting applications for 2020-21 Norman Youth Council Class

NORMAN — The city of Norman is seeking high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are active in their school and community...

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OKC schools to return with in-person and virtual classes

The largest school district in Oklahoma is pushing toward both traditional and virtual education in the 2020-21 school year...

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Dozens of new Oklahoma laws to take effect July 1

Roughly two dozen new state laws will take effect in Oklahoma on Wednesday. Here’s a look at some of the new laws....

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Former state health commissioner Gary Cox returning to OU

A recently replaced commissioner of the Oklahoma Health Department is expected to become an associate dean at the University of...

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'Better prepared': OU medical students work to improve LGBTQ health care

Students and educators at the OU College of Medicine are marking Pride month by helping future health care providers better...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma Youth Orchestras planning online fundraiser Play It Forward: LIVE!

The event will feature several musical performances from the outstanding students, interviews with alumni and special guests...

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Pandemic exposed flaws in meat production

An agricultural task force and Oklahoma’s CareerTech system are sinking their teeth into new training opportunities for meat...

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OKC Public Schools Wall of Fame nominations open through July 10

Unsung heroes live among us. They are working in hospitals, at fire and police departments, at grocery stores and as truck...

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OKC Public Schools meal service extended into July

The Oklahoma City Public School Summer Meal Service has been extended at school sites through July for the first time. The...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

Editor's note: In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, several venues and businesses are temporarily closed. Please...

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'It has to be different': Oklahoma students produce Quartz Mountain art from home

Every morning during the week, 270 teenagers across Oklahoma tuned their instruments, readied their paint brushes, warmed up...

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Mid-Del schools propose $8.84 million bond on June 30

Midwest City-Del City Public Schools will have an $8.84 million bond on the June 30 ballot. Voters living within the school...

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OSU/A&M regents un-name Murray Hall, approve budgets

A former governor’s name has been removed from two Oklahoma State University buildings because of his advocacy for racist and...

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OU, Cameron, Rogers State prepare for revenue shortfalls next year

The “enormous challenge” of budget crafting during COVID-19 is now complete for the University of Oklahoma, Cameron University...

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#ThrowbackThursday: Rose State College marks 50 years in 2020

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

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Oklahoma judge limits state chamber involvement in Epic case

An Oklahoma County district judge limited the involvement the State Chamber of Oklahoma is allowed to have in court action...

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OSU to change name of Murray Hall

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State University could remove the name of Murray Hall and North Murray Hall in light of the “extreme”...

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OU Provost Kyle Harper to step down, return to faculty

NORMAN — Provost Kyle Harper will step down at the University of Oklahoma to return to a teaching position among the faculty....

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Southwestern Oklahoma State University students in Weatherford recently represented the Everett Dobson School of Business &...

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Reilly Hendrickson, of Edmond, has been named a Who's Who recipient in 2020. Selection to Who's Who at Mississippi College is...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

Editor's note: In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, several venues and businesses are temporarily closed. Please...

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El Sistema Oklahoma receives grant from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute

The mission of El Sistema Oklahoma is to serve the community by engaging children within an ensemble-based music program so...

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Foundation named after El Reno resident helping students

A woman who died more than 40 years ago and with a heart for the children of El Reno, today, is helping people she never met....

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OKC schools must improve racial equity, leaders say

Oklahoma City Public Schools publicly affirmed its support for Black Lives Matter last week, but district leaders say there’s...

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Diversity advancement program has long-term goals for OKC Public Schools

The Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” This is a powerful concept to think...

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Amid pandemic, scores of US Catholic schools face closure

Catholic schools have faced tough times for years, but the pace of closures is accelerating amid economic fallout from the...

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Edmond parents want kids back in classrooms, survey finds

A majority of parents in one of Oklahoma’s largest school districts want their children to go back to traditional classrooms....

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$16 million offered in school grants for COVID-19 relief

Oklahoma schools could tap into $16 million in federal stimulus funds for needs related to COVID-19. Gov. Kevin Stitt and state...

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Epic surpasses 32,000 students, is 3rd largest school system in state

Already the third largest school system in Oklahoma, Epic Charter Schools has enrolled 32,202 students and could add to its...

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Commissioners of the Land Office approves purchase of SandRidge building

The governing board of the Oklahoma Commissioners of the Land Office voted Thursday to approve the $35.5 million purchase of...

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Company leases land southeast of Lawton for construction of a solar energy facility

The governing board of the Commissioners of the Land Office voted Thursday to lease nearly 4,350 acres of property southeast of...

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Amid pandemic, some camps go virtual, in-home

Oklahoma summer camps may permanently change based on adjustments made during the COVID-19 pandemic. Camp Fire Heart of...

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University of Central Oklahoma senior Amanda Siew, a professional media major from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, has received...

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Application deadline extended to June 15 for grandparents raising grandchildren fall school supply assistance

Due to COVID-19, Sunbeam Family Services has extended the application deadline to June 15 for its annual fall backpack and...

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Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services offers STEM training for students with disabilities

Free virtual summer STEM camps funded by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services will be available online this...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

Editor's note: In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, several venues and businesses are temporarily closed. Please...

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Mustang Public Schools offers in-person enrollment, as well as online option

Mustang Public Schools has begun offering in-person and online/contactless enrollment for the 2020-21 school year. The...

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Oklahoma City natives Kentrell Wallace and Emma Saunders will graduate this spring from the Oklahoma School for the Blind in...

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Federal funds drive $10 million budget increase for OKC schools

Despite economic shortfalls, Oklahoma City Public Schools will see about a $10 million budget increase in the next fiscal...

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OU gets $11M to study infectious diseases

The OU College of Medicine received an $11 million grant to create a research center to study the spread of infections. The...

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Flex classes, safety measures in the works for reopening Oklahoma colleges

With plans for students to return this fall, Oklahoma colleges will try to limit exposure to the coronavirus in campus...

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OSU releases fall reopening plan: What to know

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State University will resume to in-person instruction this fall but will finish the final two weeks of...

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State releases 'Return to Learn' guidance for school reopenings

New state guidance for reopening public schools released this week, highlighting a multitude of potential changes to the...

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Oklahoma City school employee tests positive for COVID-19

A John Marshall Enterprise Middle School nutrition employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was not directly...

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Rose State College announces virtual Kids College schedule; classes start June 8 and continue through Aug. 3

MIDWEST CITY — Rose State College has announced its schedule for Kids College, which will be transitioning to free online...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

Editor's note: In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, several venues and businesses are temporarily closed. Please...

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5 school districts sue Oklahoma State Department of Education over alleged underpayments

Five school districts have alleged in a lawsuit the Oklahoma State Department of Education shortchanged their state funding by...

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Oklahoma health department to no longer release detailed data

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Monday it will no longer release specific information...