SDE: EASA FAQ, Special Board mtg, Supplemental Funding, TLE

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The State Senate on March 5, 2012, approved and confirmed Oklahoma State Board of Education members Brian Hayden, William F. “Bill” Shdeed, Amy Anne Ford, Joy Hofmeister, Leo J. (Lee) Baxter, and William “Bill” Price (from left to right).

Updated ESEA FAQ

The ESEA FAQ has been updated by the State Department of Education's Federal Programs Office and the School Support/School Improvement team ESEA FAQs. New questions and answers have been added to Section C -- Principal 2: State-Developed Differentiated Recognition, Accountability and Support Systems; and Section E -- Principal 3: Supporting Effective Instruction and Leadership; and Section F -- Federal Funding -- is new.

State Board Holds Special Meeting

The Oklahoma State Board of Education, in a special board meeting Monday, adopted permanent administrative rules for supplemental online courses, the Reading Sufficiency Act, and school transfers. In addition, the board was briefed on draft rules for the state’s new A-F School Grading System and on changes to the Bullying Prevention Act as well as new Social Studies Curriculum Standards. The board also adopted a review process to determine Reward, Targeted, Intervention, Focus, Priority and C3 Schools. Read more Board Highlights.

Supplemental Funding Bill Passes

Senate Bill 1959, which provides $92.5 million in supplemental appropriations for the current fiscal year to fund flexible health benefits for education employees; $5,000 bonuses for National Board Certified teacher, school psychologists, speech-language pathologists and audiologists; and other state services, passed the House by a vote of 89-2 Tuesday morning. The bill now goes to Gov. Fallin, who is expected to sign it into law. Once the bill is signed, the state’s Teacher Certification division will send verification forms to school districts to identify which teachers are to receive the stipend. Once all forms are returned to the state, it is estimated that within about 10 business days the checks would be mailed to teachers. This will be a priority for the State Department of Education.

TLE Informational Sessions

Learning Sciences International will host three regional presentations for Oklahoma school districts to learn more about the Marzano Causal Model's impact on student scores and instruction as well as to learn more about the iObservation platform. There is no cost for the sessions, but space is limited. Register for the March 8th, March 14th or March 15th session, or read more information.

All frameworks have been invited to offer informational sessions. As the State Department is notified of upcoming sessions, this information will be posted on the TLE website and through the Leadership Post. 

All frameworks participated in theTLE Informational Sessions held Feb. 28th, 29th, and March 1st. The Feb. 29th sessions were recorded and will be posted on the TLE website in the near future.