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Editorial: Confidence in public schools shows with surging enrollment
Jan 19, 9:40 AM: A year after pandemic-related shutdowns and remote learning, Oklahoma students have returned to public schools with an increase that is nearing a 700,000 enrollment.
Parents scrambling to adjust as schools close amid COVID-19 surge
Jan 13, 8:55 AM: Most closures come at a time cases are skyrocketing among both students and staff. Oklahoma City public schools reporting nearly 17% of teachers are either out sick or isolating.
Stitt's education secretary comes down on schools halting in-person instruction amid soaring COVID absences
Jan 12, 9:01 AM: Some educators took issue on Tuesday with comments Gov. Kevin Stitt’s education secretary, Ryan Walters, made about in-class cancellations as COVID cases continue to rise.
Student Council members at COJC collect socks for nursing home residents
Dec 29, 8:46 AM: Members of the Oklahoma Youth Academy Charter School (OYACS) Student Council on the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center (COJC) campus in Tecumseh recently concluded a sock drive to benefit residents of a local nursing home. >
Oklahoma withholds $9 million from Epic Charter Schools, bringing total penalties to $20 million
Dec 17, 8:53 AM: Misreported salaries and overspending will cost Epic Charter Schools $9.11 million, bringing its total penalties over the past two years to $20 million for exceeding administrative cost limits.
State Department of Education investigates allegations made against Oklahoma’s largest online charter school
Dec 10, 7:09 AM: There is new scrutiny and legal battles involving Oklahoma’s largest online charter school. Epic is facing a state investigation after the vice-chair of the governing board resigned, and blew the whistle on what she calls >
OKCPS ditches virtual learning days after "extremely low" student attendance
Dec 7, 6:33 AM: Monday night, the Oklahoma City Public School district got rid of asynchronous learning days they had previously built into the 2021-2022 calendar. Asynchronous learning days were meant for students to learn at home at >
Education Department invests $5M for math tutors to close learning gap from pandemic
Nov 17, 10:21 AM: The Oklahoma State Department of Education announced a $5 million investment from federal relief funding for math tutors to help close the learning gap for students due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
OKC charter school finding success with federally-funded COVID-19 testing
Nov 2, 8:46 AM: An Oklahoma City charter school has become the first in the state to enroll in a free federal COVID-19 testing program.
Lawmakers hear about pandemic-caused learning loss, air old gripes about education system
Oct 14, 7:47 AM: The COVID-19 pandemic has and continues to hinder student learning, education leaders and policy experts agreed Tuesday while offering differing views on the extent of the setbacks.
Charter Management Companies Scrutinized by the Legislature
Oct 6, 8:47 AM: A legislative committee on Monday spent hours scrutinizing organizations that manage charter schools as lawmakers look to limit the organizations’ ability to profit off education tax dollars. The interim study, brought >
Epic founders 'gaslit a lot of people, and it's time to stop,' new chairman says of charter school financials
Oct 5, 8:02 AM:

Epic Charter Schools’ new governing board chairman told lawmakers Monday that they had been “gaslighted” for years by Epic’s recently ousted founders, suggesting that they now would be open to legislation intended to >

As Oklahoma test scores fall, state officials say numbers don't tell the whole story
Oct 1, 9:16 AM: For the first time since the pandemic began, Oklahoma students, parents and educators have results from statewide assessments available. At first glance, the results aren’t pretty.
Editorial: Education audit weaponizes state audits for political chess before an election year
Sep 23, 8:52 AM: If lawmakers want to know where every dollar in education goes, they need to look at the local school district budgets, not the state education department.
Gov. Stitt announces first-ever audit of Oklahoma State Department of Education; State Supt. calls request ‘attack’ on public education
Sep 17, 8:32 AM: Governor Kevin Stitt announced Thursday he has submitted a request to the Oklahoma Auditor and Inspector’s Office for the first full audit of the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) following evidence of misuse >
Most schools get funding hike via ghost student reform
Aug 23, 1:19 PM: Among the major issues addressed during the 2021 legislative session was a funding reform that reduced schools’ ability to receive state payments for departed students, informally referred to as “ghost students. >
Editorial: School districts keeping virtual options despite lower interest this year
Aug 11, 9:10 AM: As school districts start going back into the classrooms next week, far fewer students will do so online.
Public and charter schools compete for students
Aug 5, 11:50 AM: Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed school choice into law back in March. The measure lets parents choose any public school for their children based on their needs rather than what their zip code is.
Most Schools Get Funding Increase via ‘Ghost Student’ Reform
Jul 26, 11:19 AM: Among the major issues addressed during the 2021 legislative session was a funding reform that reduced schools’ ability to receive state payments for departed students, informally referred to as “ghost students.” >
Epic Charter Schools looking in new direction
Jul 19, 12:09 PM: When the COVID-19 pandemic began sending thousands of parents in search of virtual learning options last year, the enrollment at Epic Charter Schools, already one of the state’s largest school systems, began to explode. >



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