Education

  RECIPES NEEDED: LPS Foundation community cookbook raising money for teachers

The Lawton Public School Foundation wants your help in creating a community cookbook to raise money for education.

  Back to Learning: LPS Superintendent speaks on expectations for school year

  Lawton Police caution drivers to stay safe in School Zones

State agencies team up to offer testing to school staff, details coming next week

  Duncan superintendent addresses positive COVID case at school

  Duncan school bond election postponed by pandemic set for next week

Two Altus Public Schools students test positive for COVID-19

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  LPS Transportation Center gets new parking lot for first time

  Community comes together to pray before schools begin in Stephens County

Oklahoma County judge fines Epic Charter Schools’ nonprofit

BACK TO LEARNING: Comanche Public Schools prepared to start Thursday

  BACK TO LEARNING: New semester nears for Velma-Alma

Duncan homeschooling moms holding Q&A event for new homeschooling parents

  BACK TO LEARNING: Altus Public Schools prepares for new year

Altus Public Schools has finalized its plans for both an in-person and virtual classroom experience this year.

  New Altus music building complete, baseball/softball complex not far behind

Altus Public Schools is happy to announce a project that was funded by MAPS is now complete.

  BACK TO LEARNING: Tipton, Geronimo superintendents discuss re-opening plans

We’re just a few weeks away from school restarting and every school district is different in how they’re handling re-opening.

  BACK TO LEARNING: Sterling prepares for unique year of education

School districts are preparing to head back to learning and with that comes new challenges they've had to deal with.

  Comanche music department holding garage sale fundraiser

Teachers fearful and worried about safety as schools reopen

  BACK TO LEARNING: Chattanooga, Frederick superintendents discuss re-opening plans

  OK State Superintendent speaks to 7 News about upcoming school year

  BACK TO LEARNING: Marlow, Fletcher schools prepare to re-open

Band practice begins amid COVID-19

Grants available to Oklahoma schools for virus response

Oklahoma received about $1.5 billion in federal funding to support COVID-19-related government expenses.

Oklahoma schools reopening plan recommends wearing masks

The department’s Return to Learn Oklahoma framework for reopening schools lists several factors for individual districts to consider as they reopen.

Saturday classes for Oklahoma schools in case of 2nd surge

The Oklahoma State Department Department of Education on Thursday approved Saturday classes in case of another surge of coronavirus cases.

Virtual Graduations today for Lawton Public Schools

7News teamed up with Lawton Classic Chevy and Flowers by Ramon to broadcast Lawton Public Schools' virtual graduations today on our Me-TV channel. It all starts with Gateway Success Center and the Virtual Learning Center's graduation from 1 to 2, followed by Lawton High at 2, Eisenhower High at 3,

Oklahoma teacher walkout leader faces ‘lewd proposals’ count

One of the organizers of Oklahoma’s 2018 teacher walkout faces a charge of making lewd proposals to a minor who was a former student, Stillwater police said Wednesday.

LPS official wins FEMA award

A Lawton Public Schools official has been given an award from FEMA for her leadership in preparing the district for active shooter incidents.

  Empire Public Schools teacher talks with 7News, before distance learning begins

Public schools across Oklahoma are expected to launch distance learning for the remainder of the year. We’re hearing from a teacher at Empire Public Schools about how she’s preparing to get in the virtual classroom.

Duncan schools get approval for distance learning plan

The distance learning plan will begin on Monday, April 6.

All students will soon be able to receive free school lunches after waiver approved

The provisions meant districts could provide free meals only if 50-percent of students at a school met eligibility for the free and reduced price lunch program.

Oklahoma schools closed as state coronavirus infections rise

The vote came as the state Department of Health reported an increase in the number of cases from 106 on Tuesday and the number of deaths from three to five.

State, school districts planning distance learning for remainder of school year

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said she will propose a Continuous Learning Plan to the State Board of Education on March 25.

  DUNCAN SCHOOL BOND: Addressing transportation needs

New buses, district vehicles, and a transportation facility could be on the horizon for Duncan Public Schools if a $27.775 million bond proposal is passed.

  DUNCAN SCHOOL BOND: Repairing roofs, HVAC systems

The Duncan Public Schools Superintendent says the majority of the roofs and HVAC systems in the district need to be replaced, which is why nearly $6 million will be dedicated to that if a school bond is passed.

  DUNCAN SCHOOL BOND: Upgrading classroom equipment, playgrounds

If a Duncan School Bond is passed, more than $500,000 will be put directly into classrooms each year for the next decade.

  DUNCAN SCHOOL BOND: Halliburton Stadium, high school auditorium renovations

Major renovations to Halliburton Stadium and the Duncan High School Auditorium are slated to take place if voters pass a $27.775 million school bond.

  Okla. Department of Education authorizes closure of all schools until April 6

The board met in an emergency meeting on Monday before announcing the decision.

  DUNCAN SCHOOL BOND: Safe rooms

Duncan residents are just a few short weeks away from heading to the polls to vote on a $27.775 million school bond.

  THE LATEST: Local activities and events being impacted by virus concerns

At this time, there have been no major changes to either organizations plans.

  Two GPTC staff members self-quarantining after traveling to west coast

One member possibly had contact with a TSA agent who tested positive for COVID-19.

Curriculum being developed to teach Tulsa race massacre

After the curriculum on the massacre is provided to teachers in April, there will be professional development training for them during the summer with one-day or five- day courses at all grade levels to begin in the fall term, Hofmeister said.

  Lawton library holding ‘Sit, Stay, Read’ to help kids

Children looking to develop their reading skills can now do so in front of an affectionate and furry audience.

  U.S. Department of Education official visits Flower Mound Elementary

Flower Mound Elementary School's high academic performance over the years has drawn the attention of the United States Department of Education.

Governor says school chief should be appointed, not elected

Stitt told the newspaper that he’s frustrated by his limited ability to affect education policy.

  California teacher helps Lawton teachers and students implement educational technology

A teacher from California is helping students and teachers in Lawton learn how to better implement technology in education.

Threat cancels class at Red River Technology Center

Red River Technology Center in Duncan is canceling class Tuesday morning due to a threat.

  Health officials warn of flu as school starts back

It's back to school for many districts in the area, and health officials are reminding people to get their flu vaccinations if you haven't already.

New job portal created to connect Okla. teachers with open jobs

The website is available to educators who have acquired an Oklahoma state teaching license.

  Duncan High School holds open house for new Innovation Hub and Stem Lab

The Duncan Public Schools Foundation opened the doors of its brand new Innovation Hub and Stem Lab Monday night.

Lawton Public Schools names new superintendent

Kevin Hime was named superintendent in a unanimous vote at Monday’s school board meeting.

  United Way of Southwest Oklahoma brings lunch to Almor West Elementary teachers and staff

United Way of Southwest Oklahoma provided lunch for teachers and staff at Almor West Elementary School Monday.

  Lawton Public Schools Foundation board gives out $94,000 in grants

The Lawton Public Schools Foundation board gave out $94,000 in grants Monday.

  Students help repair flags of fallen veterans

A class at Elgin Middle School helped repair 10 tattered flags that draped caskets of veterans at Fort Sill National Cemetery.

  Fort Sill hosts Education Center Open House

Eight universities took part in an event on Fort Sill Thursday to help people prepare for their futures.

  ‘CU in Business’ informational workshop will focus on degree programs

Cameron University will present an informational workshop that will highlight the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership degree programs.

Cameron University MBA program earns national ranking

Cameron University’s Master of Business Administration program has been recognized by Great Value Colleges by inclusion in the ranking of Top 25 Online MBA Programs with No GMAT Requirement for 2020.

MHS students create haunted house

MacArthur High School has a haunted attraction going on Friday and Saturday night.

  Lawton mayor responds to Cache superintendent’s remarks about TIF plan

Cache's superintendent says the plan would hurt Cache Public Schools.

Oklahoma regent resigns after reelection as vice-chair

A member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents has resigned shortly after being reelected vice chairman of the panel overseeing the OU system that includes Cameron and Rogers State universities.

  Lawton teacher needs supplies for new cooking club

A cooking club at MacArthur Middle School starts a week from Tuesday.

  Duncan Middle School student hold assembly against bullying

On Thursday morning Duncan Middle School students lead an anti-bullying assembly as part of the school's Anti-Bullying Week.

  Kids get to spend a ‘Day at the Rodeo’

The Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo will run through the weekend - but before it kicks off tomorrow, hundreds of local kids got a special preview today.

  Lawton School Board holds LPS education forum

There will be a forum next week for the Lawton Public School board to hear back from the public about education in Lawton.

  Central High school district rallies behind those with cancer

The Central High school district is coming together to show support for those in their district battling cancer.

  Superintendent, FBI official discuss recent SWOK school threats

What appeared to be a threat to Empire Public Schools Wednesday night turned out to not be a viable threat, but school and FBI officials are still taking it seriously.

Central High teacher named as state finalist for national award

A Central High High School teacher has been named as one of three state-level finalist for a prestigious national award.

  New class at Central Middle School teaches students how to play the piano

Students at Central Middle School are learning how to play the keyboard.

  LPS Police Chief shares latest on school threat

A juvenile is in police custody after making a threat on social media involving Eisenhower Middle School.

  Altus Public Schools now offering virtual classroom option

Altus Public Schools is now giving students an opportunity to take classes online.

  New booster club put together at Sullivan Village Elementary in Lawton

A new booster club has been put together at Sullivan Village Elementary School in Lawton.

  Duncan Public Schools investigating threat

The threat was made over social media.

  Cameron University hosts claims processor

Cameron University is making sure veterans and active service members are taken care of with a visit from the Department of Veteran's Affairs.

  Cadets graduation from Lawton Public School Police Department academy

Lawton public schools police now have enough officers to cover every school in the district.

  Cache Public Schools provides insurance to help cover students

This school year, students at Cache Public Schools are covered by an accident insurance policy.

  Great Plains Technology Center opens new prototyping lab

The Great Plains Technology Center celebrated the grand opening of a new lab Wednesday that they hope will help local businesses.

  Lawton Public Schools to get public input on superintendent search

The district is still in the search process for a replacement for Doctor Tom Deighan, who left to take a position as Duncan's superintendent.

  Construction at Elgin Public Schools underway for second year

Elgin students are using one of the buildings that was built using money from the 36.9 million dollar school bond voters passed in 2017.

  Waurika voters to decide on school bond

Next month, voters in Waurika will decide if they want to pass or reject a school bond issue for $1.3 million.

  MacArthur High School dealing with air conditioning issues

They've had some general air conditioning issues, but school officials say they are working around the clock to fix them.