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Free college for Chrysler dealership employees

Another major corporation has announced it will provide free higher education opportunities for its employees. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles made the announcement Monday that its 118,000 dealership employees in the United States will be offered free college tuition. The company is working with Strayer University so employees at participating dealerships can ...

Help could be coming for Oklahomans with student loans

Help could be coming for half-a-million people in Oklahoma who have student loans.   Wednesday, House Democrats re-introduced legislation that would let people refinance both federal and private student loans at current, lower interest rates.   Republicans blocked similar legislation in the past, saying it's a form of taxpayer bailout. Studies ...

Owasso hill used to determine snow days

Another round of winter weather headed to Green Country has school leaders paying close attention to road conditions. FOX23 asked Owasso school leaders to let us board a school bus and ride the route they use to decide whether to cancel class when there's freezing rain, snow, or sleet. It's ...

TPS: $415M bond will get most students out of trailers

While voters in Broken Arrow, Jenks, and Union were giving the thumbs up to bonds for their school district, Green Country's largest school district, Tulsa Public Schools began campaigning for its newest bond proposal. The $415 million bond proposal covers everything from new textbooks to new buildings, but the focus ...

Teacher urges parents to "opt out" of state testing

Thousands of kids across Green Country will be sitting down to take standardized tests in a few weeks, but there's a growing push to "opt out". Bixby mom Toni Aubuchon is getting a taste of testing, with her elementary school-aged daughter. "It did kind of bother me at first that ...

High stakes testing opponents look forward to state legislative session

Green Country opponents to high stakes testing are looking ahead to the next session of the Oklahoma legislature for education reforms they hope will reduce the amount of tests students take throughout the school year.   The Oklahoma Coalition Against High Stakes Testing met Tuesday evening at the Brookside Library ...

New rule requires your children take practice tests

Tests that don't count for a grade, but your child is required to take them. FOX23 first told you about "field tests" more than a year ago. Now we've learned the Oklahoma State Department of Education wants to change the rules to make sure your child cannot get out of ...

TPS creates task force to look at testing

Too many tests -- that's what many Tulsa teachers are saying. FOX23 followed the growing controversy since the beginning, and Thursday Michelle Linn sat down with Dr. Keith Ballard, Tulsa Public Schools superintendent. "I do have a concern that arises out of my discussions with several teachers and principals," said ...

Teachers claim schools are data mining

FOX23 found out teachers may have asked your kids personal questions, about what goes on behind closed doors at your house, like whether your child has a TV in her room. "They ask if there’s a gun in the home, and how many people are in the home," said mother ...

Haskell students say guidelines limit lunch

Skimpy school lunches because of federal guidelines.   Just a few weeks ago, FOX23 shared the story of a central Oklahoma family that was appalled at how little was on a girl's lunch tray. Now some parents in Green Country say their kids are going hungry. Viewers sent photos of ...

OSU announces plans for new performing arts center

Oklahoma State University has announced plans for a new $60 million performing arts center to be built on campus. OSU President Burns Hargis announced plans Thursday for the new center, which will also serve as home for the Department of Music. The university says the new center will host traveling ...

New testing company, more problems?

The State Department of Education now has a company to provide winter tests for thousands of Oklahoma students, but school leaders tell us they are still bracing for problems. One week ago today, we visited the testing lab at Webster High School, in west Tulsa. Testing Coordinator Linda Bingaman told ...

4-year-old put on wrong school bus, mom wants answers

A Tulsa mother is angry because a substitute teacher put her 4-year-old on a random school bus. FOX23 has been working to get some answers from the school for two days, but right now all they are saying is they are investigating the incident.   Mahree is Richelle’s only child. She’s 4 ...

Whooping cough confirmed in Sapulpa school

Sapulpa public schools are taking extra steps to keep kids safe after doctors confirmed a case of whooping cough inside its middle school.  The school is doing everything they can to keep the 600 children who go to the school safe.  After a teacher received a phone call from her ...

Local high school joins fight against OSSAA rule

A federal lawsuit is challenging the organization overseeing high school sports in Oklahoma. A green country school supports the Oklahoma City schools lawsuit that accuses the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association of discriminating against private schools.  Both Bishop McGuinness from Oklahoma City, and Bishop Kelley, in Tulsa,  say after a ...

Barresi throws out test scores you paid millions for

Millions of taxpayer dollars and hours that Green Country students spent, preparing for and taking tests, may have been wasted. Thursday, FOX23 reported Oklahoma's Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi announced 5th & 8th grade writing test scores will not count toward school A-F grades, given by the state. FOX23 uncovered ...

Barresi said 5th & 8th grade writing tests won't count in school grades

State Superintendent of Education announced the 5th- and 8th-grade writing scores will not be part of A-F grading for this school year. Some districts expressed concern about the scores when they saw many instances of across-the-board scores of the same numerical value from testing vendor CTB-McGraw Hill. Barresi said after ...

District blames driver shortage for student stranded at bus stop

A Broken Arrow mom reached out to FOX23 about problems with school buses in the Broken Arrow. She says the bus never showed up Tuesdady morning, and her 2nd grade son was stranded at the bus stop. By the time he finally got a ride, he was 45 minutes late ...

Thousands enrolling late for Tulsa Public Schools

It is four days into the school year at Tulsa Public Schools and thousands of kids still have not shown up for class.   FOX23’s Ian Silver found out it is costing the district and affecting other kids’ learning.   There are 39,000 students enrolled in TPS, but 2,900 haven’t ...

Schools struggling to accommodate Hispanic growth

Nearly 1/3 of all students in Tulsa Public Schools are Hispanic, and speak Spanish at home. District leaders, like Laura Grisso, the Title 3 Director for TPS, tell FOX23 a lot of the growth is happening at schools like Skelly Elementary, in east Tulsa. "Our Hispanic population, as of last year, ...

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