Budget & Tax, Education

State’s red tape for private schools may violate federal law

The dispute threatens to impede effective COVID-19 response across Oklahoma.

Ray Carter
May 27, 2020
Education, Family & Community

Leader of 2018 teacher walkout arrested

One of the chief ringleaders of the 2018 teacher walkouts in Oklahoma has been arrested for lewd proposals to a minor.

Ray Carter
May 20, 2020
Education, Law & Principles

Oklahoma Senate has votes to pass improved Senate Bill 407

At OCPA, we’re glad to be working for all children and all schools to be eligible either for scholarships or for additional funding, and we’re glad to be working with other partners to help get Senate Bill 407 across the finish line, as lawmakers have pledged to do.

Staff
May 15, 2020
Budget & Tax, Education

Federal cash, reduced costs, boost K-12 funds

This year’s budget legislation technically reduces state appropriations to the K-12 school system by 2.55 percent, or $78.2 million. But during floor activity on related legislation, lawmakers have repeatedly noted Oklahoma’s school system will nonetheless see an increase in total funding due to a flood of federal COVID-19 money.

Ray Carter
May 14, 2020
Education

Effort advances to prevent profiteering off charter schools

Members of the Oklahoma Senate voted Tuesday to bring Oklahoma’s charter school laws in line with national standards and prevent charter-school sponsors from using the schools as a de facto profit generator.

Ray Carter
May 12, 2020
Budget & Tax, Education

Budget chair: State superintendent did not ‘help on anything—period’

The chair of the House committee that drafts the budget for Oklahoma’s K-12 school system said Tuesday that State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister refused to provide meaningful assistance in this year’s budget process.

Ray Carter
May 12, 2020
Education

How big a Department of Education does Oklahoma need?

From curriculum to nutrition to family engagement to technology, the Oklahoma State Department of Education's interference in your local school never rests. And when the state isn't overregulating schools, it's promoting the indoctrination of students into a progressive political agenda.

Greg Forster, Ph.D.
May 9, 2020
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