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Morning Bell: Students to host gubernatorial debate

Good Monday morning! Oklahoma City schools begin a two-week fall break today, and I guess you could say the Morning Bell will also be going on an extended fall break. I'll be spending the next few weeks reporting on the race for governor, and while I will still have education stories in upcoming editions of The Oklahoman, I will be taking a newsletter hiatus for the next few weeks. 

Ten high school seniors from across Oklahoma are hosting a gubernatorial debate between Democrat Drew Edmondson and Republican Kevin Stitt on Oct. 11. The students came up with the questions, will moderate the debate and plan to vote.

“I'm not necessarily familiar with politics, but I want to be and this is a great way for me to learn,” said Madelyn Rops, an Edmond Memorial senior who turns 18 later this month.

“I will be able to vote, and I want to learn about our candidates for governor. Students can make a difference in an election if we show up.”

Tragedy in McCloud

A 16-year-old McCloud High School students was shot and killed Friday afternoon and The Oklahoman's Jacob Unruh reported on how the community came together during the following football game to honor the student.

Later school year start?

Oklahoma lawmakers are exploring whether schools should start the school year later to cut utility costs.

CNHI Oklahoma reports lawmakers launched a legislative study Wednesday where Oklahomans for School Calendar Reform said school districts spend money on cooling schools that could be appropriated to classrooms.

Reading Partners program continues to grow

With about 1,600 mentors last school year, Tulsa has embraced Reading Partners.

The volunteer program has a well-documented history of success throughout its five years with Tulsa Public Schools.

But the young students aren’t the only ones who benefit, reports the Tulsa World.

FAFSA applications open for next year's students

The 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) became available Oct. 1. Students planning to attend college next fall are urged to complete the application now to meet any college deadlines.

Applications will be processed and the results will be sent to the colleges listed on the form. The FAFSA serves as the application for most of the financial aid from federal and state programs and from colleges and universities. You can learn more here

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 ›