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Oklahoma school district finds unique way to shelter students from storms

CHICKASHA, Okla. – Students in Chickasha helped raise money so that they could get a storm shelter for their school.

Friend School, just east of Chickasha, sits in a rural area.

The school has about 225 kids.

Three years ago, a tornado missed the school by about 200 yards.

Right now, their severe weather plan involves leaving the school.

Kindergarten teacher, Jennifer Jinks, said, “Our first time, when I was told to load the bus and go across the road, when they said this is our regular practice for storm safety, I went, get on a bus?”

They load up the entire school and drive across the street to the Baptist Church’s basement.

Superintendent, Alton Rawlins, said “We have to go across the road which is a 10 minute process to the baptist church.”

Rawlins knew there had to be a better option.

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State leaders looking to increase school funding

OKLAHOMA CITY – On Wednesday, the Senate is slated to vote on a bill that would increase funding for Oklahoma schools.

House Bill 2642, also known as the Securing Educational Excellence Fund (SEEF), would increase public school funding by $600,000,000.

Senator John Ford, a co-author of the bill, said he believes this bill will help more students complete their high school education.

Our latest figures show one additional day of instruction will cost about $22 million, so the bill mandates that for every $60 million, we’ll add a day of instruction,” Ford said.  “Students will be able to learn more.  As a result we’ll see more students complete high school, and they’ll be better prepared for their next step in life.  This also should provide additional pay for teachers.”

HB 2642 passed the House and will move to the Senate on Wednesday.

Allergy Alert: Suffer from hay fever? Just stay inside today

Allergy report Tues

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic is warning those with allergies to just stay inside today.

Experts have issued an allergy alert because of high levels of Oak pollen.

Oak pollen is in the “very high” category and the OAAC said we are currently under an “extreme exposure” situation.

If you have allergies, the best remedy is to stay inside.

Specialists said this is especially important for those with allergic bronchial asthma.

Students frustrated after testing trouble for second year in a row

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma’s Superintendent of Schools is suggesting the State Board of Education not renew the contract of testing vendor CTB/McGraw-Hill for the next fiscal year.

The children started the end of year standardized testing Monday and more than 8,000 computers went out in the middle of it all.

“I would preferred if they got the problem fixed before they had us take the test because it was so distracting,” Kayleigh Vaughan said.

Vaughan said she and her classmates were concentrating on the algebra test when computers started shutting down.

“I mean all the teachers were running around trying to fix it,” Vaughan said.

Despite the glitches, she managed to make it through the test because she said school leaders warned problems were a possibility.

“They explained it to us in the beginning. They told us they’d been having problems and what to do if it happened,” said Vaughan.

‘We all have to take some responsibility,’ Glitches put testing on hold for Oklahoma students

OKLAHOMA CITY – On Monday, more than 8,000 Oklahoma students who were trying to take tests ran into a major glitch in the system.

A system failure impacted students from sixth through twelfth grade, including those taking the “end of instruction” tests before graduation.

Officials say middle and high school students across the state were forced to log off in the middle of the test or before they could even begin.

Teachers say it became such a problem students were unable to complete the exams and, in some cases, even begin their tests.

It’s a failure some lawmakers say is unacceptable.

Oklahoma State Superintendent Janet Barresi said, “It is hard to describe how frustrated and angry I am.”

Frustration was a word many educators were using to describe Monday’s tests.

Scattered showers make their way into the state; highs in the 70s Monday

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