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Good Wednesday morning! Today is the final part in the After the Walkout series. You can read all four stories here:

Part 1 - Oklahoma goes back to school in the post-walkout world

Part 2 - Class of 2032: A new generation enters a changing school system

Part 3 - After the walkout teachers turned to reading, writing a politics

Part 4 - Finding more teachers a focus for Oklahoma schools 

Art project to highlight education funding struggles

To raise awareness of Oklahoma’s low ranking for public education funding, a group of state artists are launching Faces of the 47th, a large-scale art installation that will go up this month in five Oklahoma cities.

In conjunction with the international movement The Inside Out Project, noted state artists, photographers and filmmakers are teaming up for the enormous art project, according to a news release.

“In 2018, Oklahoma was ranked 47th nationally in overall educational funding. This project represents the hundreds of thousands of students left behind by a decade of legislative inaction. We hope to provide a reminder through the power of visual art for voters to stand up for the future of Oklahoma by committing to vote pro-education,” said Sarah Agee, project director and Norman site artist, in a statement. You can learn more about the project here

OKCPS superintendent speaks at annual school luncheon

The new leader of Oklahoma's largest school district said Tuesday he is "laser focused" on providing access to opportunity for all students to succeed in the classroom.

Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Sean McDaniel, speaking to about 600 people at the annual State of the Schools luncheon, acknowledged the need to improve test scores, attendance and equity across the district.

"Clearly, we need to do a better job in increasing our academic results," he said. "We recognize that and so the things that we put in place, the things that we choose to accelerate, will get us to that end."

The Oklahoman's Tim Willert has more

Tulsa administrator leaves for Mississippi

Tulsa's Chief of Schools Errick Greene has accepted the job of superintendent of Jackson Public Schools in Jackson, Mississippi, reports the Tulsa World. Greene had worked at Tulsa Public Schools in his role since 2016. The chief of school oversees instructional leadership directors — who supervise principals — athletics and Family and Student Support Services.

'Ball and dice' gaming begins

Amendments to the state’s gaming compact took effect Monday to allow “ball and dice” gaming.

The Oklahoma Education Association listed “ball and dice” gaming as one of three major demands to increase school funding and end a teacher walkout earlier this year. Education officials estimated that the games will raise more than $20 million a year for the state, with some estimates ranging up to $49 million a year.

Harding reunion: A “Bring'em Back Chat” event is planned from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 4 as the Harding Charter Preparatory High School Senior Capstone Class welcomes all Harding High School alums; Harding Charter Preparatory High School alums and community stakeholders.

That does it for today's Morning Bell. Have a great Wednesday! 

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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 ›