- 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.
- Tulsa Public Schools to drop charter funding lawsuit
- > 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
- 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
- > 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'
- > 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
- > 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
- > 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
- > 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
- > 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
A large school funding bill overwhelming passed in the Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday but has another hurdle to make before it becomes law.
May 20, 5:26 AM:
- Charter school W.K. Jackson Leadership Academy opening in prominent Oklahoma City church
- May 17, 8:17 AM: As a longtime Oklahoma City private school closes, a new public charter school will offer free education in its place.
- Grand Jury: Epic Charter School ‘system ripe for fraud’
- > May 10, 7:23 AM: The grand jury’s investigation of Epic began in October and isn’t completed yet. But on Thursday it issued a 25-page interim report to inform the public, parents, and policymakers detailing “concerning trends emerging in
- Nearly 200 Oklahoma school districts suing state Education Board over charter school settlement
- May 3, 6:29 AM: More than 180 Oklahoma school districts have joined a lawsuit fighting a surprise settlement that opened local tax dollars to charter schools.
- Enrollment underway for new, dual-language charter school in Oklahoma City
- > Apr 28, 6:27 AM: Western Gateway Elementary School will be the first dual-language immersion school in the metro, and officials are currently enrolling students. Construction crews near Southwest 15th Street and Douglas Avenue are well on
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