We've had quite a few conversations lately about mid-term adjustments and want to share our recommendations with as many of you as possible. We urge you to go back through your numbers to ensure your counts are correct. The most consistent issue we hear is that the economically disadvantaged weight was not as high as expected. This is an issue that needs to be addressed if you lost students in this area. The issue is probably a lack of communication between buildings; therefore, always compare notes. If one member of a family is on free and reduced lunch, other family members are as well. It doesn’t hurt for those who enter the numbers to verify they are accurately entering all families into the system.
On another topic, as we move into spring and prepare for the state testing window, make sure to do a system check on your computers and network. There is absolutely nothing worse than coming up on the first day of testing and having computer or connectivity issues. This is also the time of year to make sure that your filter is properly set up and isn’t blocking out the test software.
We can provide issues on both of these topics, so don't hesitate to reach out if you need support.
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We've got good and bad news in the continuing financial picture for Oklahoma. The overall consensus is that the legislative special session has not been as productive s everyone had hoped.
Earlier this month, the SDE put out its FAQ on medical marijuana. It’s a helpful resource, providing links to statutes and other pertinent information to assist schools in decision- and policy-making.
During this time when schools are cutting valuable programs and positions just to stay afloat, it's important that we do all we can to find funding solutions that could offset--even if just a little--the budget crisis.