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Oklahoma City schools still seeking teachers: The state’s largest school district is trying to fill 52 teaching vacancies for an academic year that’s already underway. Oklahoma City Public Schools is using substitutes and working on some emergency certifications to plug the holes created by what the district calls “attrition.” “Just over the summer we lost about 270 teachers who resigned, left the district to go to other school districts, left teaching to do something completely different,” said district spokesman Mark Myers [KJRH].
Wagoner Schools Begins Its Tuesday Through Friday School Week: Wagoner students are headed back to class, and to save money – this is the first year the district is trying a four-day school week. Superintendent Randy Harris says he really hasn’t got a lot of push back from parents, either in person or online. When Wagoner starts class Thursday morning, a school year of big changes begins. The district’s four-day school week will be Tuesday through Friday, 8:10 a.m. to 4:10 p.m [NewsOn6]. Four-day school weeks could leave thousands of Oklahoma kids hungry [OK Policy].
Longevity bonus offered to Oklahoma City superintendent: Oklahoma City’s school board wants stability at the superintendent position, and it’s willing to pay for it. In its contract with Aurora Lora, who was named permanent superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools last month, a $10,000 bonus is offered if she reaches her two-year anniversary. Lora is eligible for another $15,000 if she makes it three years. Lora, who is the 11th superintendent since 2000, signed a three-year contract with a base salary of $220,000. Rob Neu, the superintendent before Lora, made $240,000 [NewsOK].
Oklahoma bipartisan coalition calls for immigration reform: While Oklahoma’s immigrant population is growing slower than the national rate, more than 10,000 immigrants came to the state from 2010 to 2014 and nearly 220,000 residents were born abroad, according to a report released Wednesday by a bipartisan group urging reforms. The report from The Partnership for a New American Economy showed that about 10,000 immigrants in Oklahoma are self-employed and that immigrant-owned businesses generate $201 million in yearly business income, while employing 29,120 people [NewsOK]. The report is available here.
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