Education Workbook: Emergency Certifications, Funding Discussions, and Scholarships | Education

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Federal Funding Discussion: Tulsa Public Schools is hosting a feedback session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at its Educational Services Center to solicit feedback on federal grant applications and federally funded programs in the 2022-23 school year.

Among the TPS programs receiving federal funding are Indian Education, Homeless Education, Exceptional Student Services, Language Instruction for English Language Learners and Immigrant Students, and Title I, which, under the Primary and Secondary Education Act, is awarded based on the percentage of students who are financially eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.

Emergency certification numbers: Without discussion or debate, the State Board of Education approved 419 emergency teaching certification applications at its Thursday meeting, including 231 renewals. A spokesperson for the state Department of Education said they were all set for the upcoming 2022-23 school year.

Of those 419 applications, 98 were from Tulsa Public Schools, six from Union, five from Broken Arrow and Glenpool, two from Sand Springs, and one from Bixby and Skiatook.

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Scholarship announcement: The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Society is awarding nine scholarships to Tulsa-area students ranging from $1,000 to $3,500, it announced Monday.

Students were selected based on academic achievement, work and volunteer experience, community involvement, extracurricular activities and awards, and an essay on their perceptions of legacy of King.

Recipients include Ryan Anderson, LeQuincia Brown and Marina Katoh of Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa; Kaleb Quince of Jenks High School; Isaiah Sells of Owasso High School; and Kaiden Ivey, Ankit Jallipalli, Keirsten Metcalfe and Reeya Ramasamy from Union High School.

Ask for help: Jenks Public Schools is offering a $2,000 sign-up bonus to speech-language pathologists and special education, math, and forensic science teachers.

New management: At its June 20 meeting, the Owasso Public Schools Board of Education voted to name Tiffani Cooper the new principal of Owasso High School.

A former principal of Morrow Elementary School, Cooper previously served four years as vice-principal at Owasso High School. She succeeds Mark Officer, who served as an assistant superintendent with the district earlier in June.

Professional development: Registration for the Eva Unterman Conference for Holocaust Educators is open through July 26 at jewishtulsa.org/holocausteducators.

Scheduled for July 28 and 29 at the Jewish Federation of Tulsa, the event is free, but with seating limited to 50 teachers, pre-registration is required.

Participants can earn up to 14 hours of professional development credit.

School board calendar: School boards in Anderson, Berryhill, Broken Arrow, Collinsville, Prue and Verdigris all have meetings scheduled for Monday.

The Keystone Public School school board is scheduled to meet on Tuesday.

The Bartlesville Public Schools Board meets on Wednesday.

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