As we move into November, the potential for education funding changes are very obvious. We don’t really know how the recent ruling on motor vehicle taxes will affect distributions, and the possible revenue increase from 779 (if it passes) along with the increased likelihood of a fiscal year revenue failure will make this a very different spring. As we prepare for all of these eventualities, it is important to be working toward finding a consistent budgeting model to accommodate these eventualities.
Let’s look at the primary issues that are facing us in the immediate future:
When I talk to school leaders about how powerful a tool social media can be for engaging parents and their communities at large, common responses I hear are that they don’t want to open themselves up for even more criticism and that social media is more trouble than it’s worth.
Teaching tends to be a solitary endeavor. Sure, we deal with people everyday but the average teacher goes into a classroom and teaches on their own, seldom getting to see another teacher actually teach and receiving relatively little feedback.
The Oklahoma Public School Resource Center (OPSRC) has named Carole Kelley as its new director of teaching and learning.
Hopefully you haven't experienced a serious crisis in your school district and the communication nightmare that can follow if you don't keep your publics informed. But if you have, you know how quickly rumors spread, parents and community members get angry and media is notified.