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The Morning Bell: Flu closes another school

Good Friday Morning!

Haskell Public Schools has canceled classes for Friday and Monday due to an increase in absences and confirmed cases of flu, reports the Muskogee Phoenix

In a Facebook post sent Thursday, district officials said the school will spend Friday and Monday sanitizing buildings.

"Please, if your child is running a fever on Monday, do not send them to school on Tuesday," the post said. "We want to contain the spread of the illness as much as possible. We will resume classes as usual on Tuesday, Feb. 6."

Oklahoma is one of at least 12 states where schools have closed because of the flu, reports The 74 Million

Following the resignation of Aurora Lora as OKCPS superintendent, retired teacher and education writer John Thompson writes that the city's education community must become more civil as it moves forward. "We must all do a better job of dealing with people as individuals, not just as members of the opposition," Thompson wrote in a column for NonDoc

Tulsa Public Schools has pressed pause on considering the closure of McLain 7th Grade Academy. The school will remain open for at least another year, reports the Tulsa World

“Tulsa Public Schools will keep McLain 7th Grade Center … open for the next school year,” district spokeswoman Emma Garrett Nelson said in a statement. “During that time we are going to continue engaging the community and looking at other options — including some of the suggestions we have received from the community.”

Educators say legislation on spending flexibility could increase school inequality, reports Emily Wendler of KOSU

Gubernatorial candidates meet at forum

State auditor Gary Jones is the only Republican running for governor who has come out for raising the tax on oil and gas production. He also says his budget plan would fund a teacher pay raise.

Jones and several other gubernatorial candidates were on hand for a forum this week in northeast Oklahoma City, reports The Oklahoman's Chris Casteel

Laptops boost computer schools in Dewey

Back in 2017, Dewey Middle School received an Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust grant that provided 253 Chromebooks, allowing students and teachers to work collaboratively and create digital curriculum, technology-based lessons and real-world student products, reports the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

Thursday, OETT representatives visited the middle school to see firsthand how students are learning in new ways. Dewey Middle School Principal Brent Massey explained that the Chromebooks have transformed the educational experience for students.

That does it for today's Morning Bell. Pick up a copy of this Sunday's Oklahoman as I'll have a story on school choice policy efforts this legislative session. The Morning Bell will be back on Monday. 

Ben Felder

Ben Felder is an investigative reporter for The Oklahoman. A native of Kansas City, Ben has lived in Oklahoma City since 2010 and covered politics, education and local government for the Oklahoma Gazette before joining The Oklahoman in 2016.... Read more ›