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Lawmakers hear about pandemic-caused learning loss, air old gripes about education system
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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. >
Tulsa Public Schools to drop charter funding lawsuit
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Jun 3, 7:15 AM: At a special meeting Wednesday afternoon, the board voted unanimously without debate or discussion to authorize its attorneys to file a motion to dismiss its claim in Tulsa County District Court against the State Board of >
Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Act becomes law in Oklahoma
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Jun 1, 5:39 AM: Advocates for robust programs of school choice were happy with enactment of Senate Bill 1080, deemed the Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Act.
'This relationship is done': Epic breaks with co-founders
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May 27, 6:09 AM: That decision was part of a settlement with the Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board, a state agency that threatened to close Epic's biggest branch over alleged contract violations and fiscal mismanagement. >
Officials declare 'Year of Oklahoma's Education Turnaround'
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May 26, 6:40 AM: Appearing before dozens of children who will benefit from policy changes approved this year, Gov. Kevin Stitt and legislators declared 2021 the “Year of Oklahoma’s Education Turnaround” during a press conference. >
Gov. Kevin Stitt says he will sign bill aimed to help charter, public schools with low revenue
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May 26, 5:39 AM: The measure was designed to defuse a legal dispute between the State Board of Education and individual school districts over the board’s decision last month to give charter schools access to property tax-fed building funds >
Legislation directly funding charter schools headed to Gov. Kevin Stitt
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May 25, 8:33 AM: The measure also seemed to defuse a legal blowup between the state board of education and individual districts over the board’s decision last month to give charter schools access to property tax-fed building funds in >
State school board rescinds controversial charter school settlement
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May 25, 8:25 AM: A polarizing lawsuit settlement by Oklahoma's top school board is no more, almost two months to the day that the board shocked the state by granting local tax revenue to charter schools with the agreement. >
Oklahoma to award 10 times more tax credits for school donations
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May 21, 7:46 AM: Gov. Kevin Stitt said he will sign a bill to raise the maximum tax credits from $5 million to $50 million for donations to schools. Public and private schools each would have a $25 million cap on tax credits for donors >
Public school advocates voice concerns after ‘voucher’ school funding bill passes Oklahoma Senate, heads to House
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May 20, 5:26 AM:

A large school funding bill overwhelming passed in the Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday but has another hurdle to make before it becomes law.

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