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Kallan McKinney 2023 Student Poet representing the Southwest region recites their poem at the White House. Julia Manipella/Gaylord News

Norman High School student honored in White House ceremony for poem on climate change

Maddy Keyes November 13, 2023

WASHINGTON — An Oklahoma student was one of five poets from across the nation to be honored by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden at the White House Monday during the Class of 2023 National Student Poets ceremony.  Chosen...

An NAACP member holds a sign outside of the Supreme Court during Friday’s protest. (Carolynn Felling/Gaylord News photo)

Oklahoma students hope for Biden’s new loan plan after high court denies first effort

Carolynn Felling June 30, 2023

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden pledged that the “fight was not over” after the US Supreme Court rejected his groundbreaking student loan forgiveness plan. “When you say people, I say power,”...

The paraphernalia of Asian American protesters left behind outside of the Supreme Court.

Oklahoma delegation speaks on Supreme Court striking down affirmative action

Carolynn Felling June 29, 2023

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Thursday tossed out affirmative action in college admissions, compelling universities to explore alternative methods to foster diverse student populations. The court's...

Rayburn House Office Building in D.C. where Dr. Hott attended a committee hearing Mar. 29 to discuss challenges faced by rural communities in the U.S. 
(Gaylord News photo/Gabriela Tumani)

OU professor says university’s rural Oklahoma initiatives are making a difference

Gabriela Tumani April 25, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An University of Oklahoma professor who says the university’s initiatives in rural Oklahoma schools are making a difference went to Washington recently to lobby for more money where...

Tulsa math teacher at Union High School Rebecka Peterson speaking at the White House Rose Garden Monday, April 24, 2022 (Gaylord News photo/Noah Mack)

Her name means “bearer of good news”—Tulsa math teacher receives Teacher of the Year at the White House

Noah Mack April 24, 2023

WASHINGTON - National Teacher of the Year winner Rebecka Peterson—a high school math instructor in Tulsa—championed a unifying message of hope as her profession faces a stifling staffing shortage. Peterson,...

A teacher shortage crisis continues to be an issue across the U.S. three years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by U.S. Department of Education.

Oklahoma and federal education experts say shortage goes beyond lack of teachers

Gabriela Tumani March 24, 2023

WASHINGTON – As a teacher shortage crisis worsens in the U.S. three years after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, national and state education leaders said a structural disruption is creating shortages...

Sovereign Community School is looking to supporters in hopes of keeping the school doors open. The Oklahoma State Board of Education voted Jan. 26 to end its agreement to be Sovereign’s charter sponsor. 
(Dacoda McDowell-Wahpekeche/Gaylord News)

Indigenous charter school seeking answers to state termination notice

Dacoda McDowell-Wahpekeche February 1, 2023

Sovereign Community School is looking for ways to continue teaching Native American youth after being notified their funding could end in June. Members of the State Board of Education voted Jan. 26...

Educators initially struggled to determine how House Bill 1775 would impact classroom teaching. (Photo by CDC on Unsplash)

Anti-CRT law leads to little change in K-12 education

Faythe Miller May 14, 2022

Educators across Oklahoma were left trying to figure out the premise and purpose of House Bill 1775, adopted in 2021, which prompted six pages of emergency rules connected to an academic field known as...

School boards across the nation decided how to handle the Pandemic in their respective districts. While dealing with routine agenda items and COVID-19, Oklahoma boards have also been faced with the integration of House Bill 1775. PHOTO BY:

Pandemic, new state law stressful for school board members

Mary Catherine Wells May 4, 2022

With no manual or list of emergency procedures, school boards across the country were each in a unique position to build district plans and decide what was best for their communities as the COVID-19 pandemic...

Part of the Children Book Collection at the University of Oklahoma Bizzell Library. Photo provided by University of Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Becomes Latest State Seeking to Pass Book Banning Legislation

Beck Connelley March 25, 2022

When Kyle Reynolds, superintendent of Woodward Public Schools saw that the book Fahrenheit 451 was on a list of books under review by the Oklahoma Attorney General, he thought “There's Irony in That.”  Fahrenheit...

Cafeteria manager Yanet Viamontes hugs library assistant Mais Shalabi in the hallway at Prairie Vale Elementary School. The staff celebrated Viamontes with chants and applause after she passed her citizenship exam. (Photo provided by Prairie Vale Elmentary School)

Oklahoma school a beacon of acceptance amid challenging times

Robert Viamontes, Reporter May 19, 2021

Immigrants have been among the most-affected by the turbulent political climate of recent years. But Prairie Vale Elementary School in the Deer Creek School District has maintained its promise to be a...

Alyssa Landry, left, and Alexis Martinez prepare to leave the University of Oklahoma for Thanksgiving break.  Zaria Oates/Gaylord News

Some students struggle with calendar changes caused by pandemic

Zaria Oates, Nancy Marie Spears, and Jim North December 9, 2020

Universities across Oklahoma have adjusted their fall and spring semester calendars as COVID-19 continues to surge. Now some students are feeling stressed about it. Oklahoma State University and the...

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