In The Know: Another surge in nonaccredited teachers; federal lawsuit over Oklahoma Ethics rules; marijuana testing requirements…
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State edging close to 2,600 nonaccredited teachers working with emergency certification: Another month, another large batch of emergency certifications for nonaccredited teachers.The slate of items the Oklahoma State Board of Education is expected to consider at a 9 a.m. Thursday meeting includes 412 such emergency certifications.This growing reliance by school districts on these new hires who have not yet completed the state’s requirements for either traditional or alternative certification is one of the strongest indicators that the statewide teacher shortage has not yet reached bottom. [Tulsa World]
Hofmeister discusses Oklahoma’s educational shortcomings: Student trauma along with teacher shortage and retention were some of the many topics State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister addressed while speaking in Stillwater on Tuesday during the Women’s Professional Council monthly luncheon. “We … have the highest percent of students that have experienced trauma of any other state in the country,” Hofmeister said. [Stillwater News-Press]
Oklahoma Ethics Commission hit with federal lawsuit over gift rules: A nonprofit organization is complaining it can’t give a $15 book to state government officials because of “unconstitutional” state ethics rules. The Institute for Justice on Monday filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Oklahoma Ethics Commission. The institute is asking U.S. District Judge Timothy DeGiusti to find state gift-giving restrictions do not apply to informational materials. [NewsOK]
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