Education

State mandate could have closed COVID-free schools

The Oklahoma State Board of Education recently opted against imposing state mandates that dictate how school districts should handle COVID-19 response, including forced closure of schools, and opted instead to provide guidance.

Ray Carter
August 4, 2020
Education

Schools face new expenses, increased funding, from COVID

Oklahoma schools face unexpected costs due to COVID-19. But they are also benefiting from substantial one-time funding due to the pandemic.

Ray Carter
July 31, 2020
Education

Stitt endorses in-person schooling

Voicing strong support for in-person instruction in Oklahoma schools, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Thursday that federal funds will pay the cost of masks, shields, gloves, and gowns at districts across the state, and that all teachers will be tested for COVID-19 each month.

Ray Carter
July 30, 2020
Education

School’s response to student abuse raises questions

Officials from the Oologah-Talala Public Schools, recently rebuked by the State Board of Education for failing to take seriously repeated accusations of sexual misconduct by teachers, provided an update to state board members during the group’s Thursday meeting.

Ray Carter
July 23, 2020
Education

No statewide COVID mandates for schools

Members of the Oklahoma State Board of Education voted to approve a set of statewide recommendations to aid schools in developing responses to local COVID-19 infection rates, but declined to impose those recommendations as new state mandates.

Ray Carter
July 23, 2020
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