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Archive for: March, 2016

Harding Fine Arts Academy’s math teacher, Jennifer Burris, named DaVinci Institute’s A+ Teacher of the Year

Jennifer Burris, 2016 Oklahoma A+ Schools® 2016 Teacher of the Year.  Photo provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – The DaVinci Institute® has named Harding Fine Arts Academy math teacher, Jennifer Burris, 2016 Oklahoma A+ Schools® 2016 Teacher of the Year. The DaVinci Institute is Oklahoma’s Creativity Think Tank that promotes statewide creative renaissance through lectures, workshops, professional development, research and advocacy. The DaVinci Institute supports numerous creative K-12 […]

Active, and Striving for Dreams – Oklahoma City’s Positive Tomorrows serves homeless children

Thunder Center Enes Kanter (the tall fellow just left of the clock on the wall) took time to visit Positive Tomorrows students and staff in February. Photo Provided

by Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma’s only school for homeless children, celebrated Black History with an assembly in late February. The observance is one among many notable signs of substance and achievement at a school where the typical student faces challenges nearly unimaginable to most Oklahomans – even here in Oklahoma […]

OKC Parks & Recreation receives $120,800 gift for tree inventory

Trees in the Margaret Annis Boys Arboretum at Will Rogers Park and other Oklahoma City public parks will be included in a comprehensive tree inventory. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Oklahoma City Council recently approved an in-kind gift to support a comprehensive tree inventory for the Parks & Recreation Department. The Oklahoma City Community Foundation ($95,000) and Oklahoma Department of Forestry Services ($25,800) are funding the project. The inventory will provide a detailed analysis of the types of trees and […]

JonesPR garners national award in ‘PRWEEK’ competition

JonesPR winners: President Brenda Jones Barwick and Vice President Josh Harlow after the Oklahoma City firm's designation, at a ceremony in New York City, as an "Honorable Mention" winner in the nation PRWEEK awards competition for 2015.  Photo provided.

Staff Report PRWEEK has announced that Jones PR, an integrated communications and public affairs agency, won Honorable Mention from the publication in a prestigious U.S. awards competition. The recognition came for the Oklahoma City-based agency’s work with the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) in the Non-Profit Campaign of the Year category. Winners were announced last […]

Capitol Report for March 19: Non-teaching staff ranks greew faster than teachers, academic standards questioned

News9 reporter Alex Cameron (left) and CapitolBeakOK / City Sentinel editor Pat McGuigan

The latest edition of Capitol Report on the CBS affiliate in Oklahoma City began with reporter Alex Cameron quoting economist Ben Scafidi, saying “there is a priority in public education for hiring people outside the classroom.” CapitolBeatOK editor Pat McGuigan detailed the Georgia academic’s analysis of records from the National Center for Education Statistics. From […]

A request for reader input: Why, or why not, the death penalty?

Lethal injection room.  Pubic domain photo

By Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Early in his tenure as interim director at Oklahoma’s troubled Department of Corrections, Joe Allbaugh told The Tulsa World he believed in the death penalty and that it would one day resume in Oklahoma. Concerning the controversies that for a time made Oklahoma the center of national […]

OETA announces annual PBS Kids Writers Contest


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OETA has announced its annual PBS Kids Writers Contest designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The yearly contest, made possible in part by local financial support from the Oklahoma State Department of Education empowers children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and […]

City of OKC invites the public to discuss creation of citywide historic preservation plan


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The City of OKC wants to enlist the public’s help in preserving the City’s historic places. The City is asking for public input on why these sites are important and how to protect and revitalize them. The first citywide historic preservation plan, preserveokc, kicks off with a public discussion from 6:30 to […]

Capitol Report for March 12: Rainy Day Fund depleted, last stand for Trump’s foes?

News9's Alex Cameron and Pat McGuigan of CapitolBeatOK

In the latest Capitol Report segment on News9, analyst Pat McGuigan was disappointed over the lack of progress on legislative proposals for administrative efficiencies in public education. Gov. Fallin and legislative leaders announced a plan to take millions of dollars from the “Rainy Day Fund” public education and Corrections. The CapitolBeatOK editor told reporter Alex […]

By the numbers: ‘A priority in public education for hiring people outside the classroom’

Growth in Oklahoma Public School Students and Personnel, 1992-2013

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – “Clearly, there is a priority in public education for hiring people outside the classroom.” That startling sentence is at the core of a detailed analysis of fiscal issues in public education, presented in the Sooner State’s capital city this month. Professor Ben Scafidi of Georgia’s Kennesaw State […]

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