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State House Minority Leader Emily Virgin responds to Epic Charter investigation

State Rep. Emily Virgin, a Norman Democrat,is the Oklahoma House Minority Leader. File Photo.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Minority Leader Emily Virgin (D-Norman) released the following statement in response to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation launching an investigation of Epic Charter Schools amid allegations that school leaders embezzled millions of taxpayer dollars. “I am very concerned about the report that Epic Charter Schools has been paying students […]

OEA membership down 16 percent over five years

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By Ray Carter, OCPA Center for Independent Journalism   When thousands of Oklahoma teachers participated in union-led protests at the Capitol in 2018, some thought the event was a sign of increasing power for teacher unions. Yet newly released figures show the Oklahoma Education Association, the state affiliate of the National Education Association, continued to […]

EPIC Charter School Student spotlight: Randel Ludwig

EPIC Charter School Epic Charter School sudent spotlight: Randel Ludwig. Photo provided.

Staff Report (adapted from Epic Charter School Release) Students and families choose Epic Charter School for a variety of reasons. Some of our students are exceptional, while others might be considered struggling. At a young age, Randel Ludwig was diagnosed with multiple developmental disabilities including narcolepsy and Tourette’s. Epic’s personalized learning model gave Randel a […]

Oklahoma City Public Schools students gain “college- and career-ready” typing (keyboarding) skills

Although most young people can type on cellphone and I phone keyboards, and most use computer keyboards frequently, the discipline of "home keys" and other aspects of traditional typing are often missing from their skill sets. Photo Provided

Staff Report   The local school district’s first-ever Keyboarding Competition was fun, participants say – and it inspired students in grades 3-8 to master typing. In the age of computers that is an essential skill which is now required for online assessments. The “Key Bee” finals took place Tuesday, May 7, at Frederick Douglass Mid-High […]

Micah Awards recognize St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School Students

From left, Yearbook class students in middle school at St. Charles Borromeo took a break to smile for The City Sentinel. From left: Magan Pham, Camden Tremblay, Rebecca Smith, Katalina Robberson, Fina Chongwa and Fatima Morales. The Catholic school’s Micah Award honors students who live the Micah 6:8 mandate: “You have been told … what is good, and what the Lord requires of you. Only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with God.”  Photograph by Patrick B. McGuigan

by Heidee Cruz, St. Charles newspaper student Warr Acres – Every nine weeks at St.Charles Borromeo a student from grades pre-K through Eighth Grade receive what is called the Micah Award. The Middle School designations come from the “House” to which one belongs, including students from sixth, seventh and eighth grades. The honor is inspired […]

Oklahoma Education Briefs and Commentary

The old Harding High School building on North Shartel Avenue has for many years housed two successful and award-winning public charter schools. This school year, the schools were ordered by officials of the Oklahoma City Public Schools district to vacate the facility this summer. File Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

Patrick B. McGuigan (Editor’s Note: This is compiled from multiple sources, including The Oklahoman)   Great schools leaving the MidCity area … The City Sentinel is reeling as two successful public charter schools are forced to leave the heart of the community for new locations. This newspaper and the two Harding-site schools have long labored […]

2nd Youth Climate Strike Oklahoma scheduled for May 3

Youth Climate Strike Oklahoma activists Lanah Hinsdale and Luke Kerr.  Facebook photo.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — On Friday, May 3, dozens of Oklahoma students will go on strike from school to protest what they contend is the government’s failure to take action to stop climate change.  Deer Creek High School seniors Luke Kerr and Lanah Hinsdale are leading the Youth […]

OKC Zoo’s Eye Spy Safari presents a new way to look at conservation education

The Oklahoma City Zoo is partnering with the Dean McGee Eye Institute to offer Eye Spy goers the opportunity to learn how the OKC Zoo is leading the way in local and global conservation efforts and how they can help save wildlife and wild places. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma City Zoo is partnering with the Dean McGee Eye Institute to present the new Eye Spy Safari. Now through the summer, children 11 and under can participate in this interactive activity to learn about Zoo animals and the challenges threatening them. Eye Spy […]

Study says charter schools can deliver more bang for the buck

Mike Brake.  Photo provided.

by Mike Brake Top charter schools can deliver more learning per dollar spent, on average, than regular public schools, according to a new study by a former Oklahoma Secretary of Education. Dr. Robert Sommers, of CF Educational Solutions LLC, studied spending and performance for traditional public schools and public charter schools for fiscal years 2014, […]

Oklahoma City University again awarded Tree Campus USA status

Oklahoma City University was honored with 2018 Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Arbor Day Foundation once again has honored Oklahoma City University with Tree Campus USA recognition for 2018. Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation that recognizes colleges and universities for effective urban forest management and for engaging […]

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