Education, Law & Principles, Good Government

GOP defectors side with unions

Six Republican senators joined Democrats to defeat legislation that would require routine recertification elections for education unions, providing a victory for a teachers’ union that recently gave failing grades to most of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation.

Ray Carter
February 25, 2020
Education, Family & Community

Great-grandmother seeks educational opportunity for at-risk children

Born in 1952, Linda Lewis did not envision being a caretaker for two young children during her golden years. But when her grandson was incarcerated and the mother of her great-grandchildren ran afoul of the Department of Human Services, she became the legal guardian for two of her great-grandchildren.

Ray Carter
February 24, 2020

In most states, governor appoints top school official

When Gov. Kevin Stitt proposed a vote of the people to make the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction appointive rather than elective, he was suggesting that Oklahoma join a growing consensus among states that appoint their chief state school official.

Mike Brake
February 20, 2020

Student privacy concerns raised due to bill’s passage

Legislation imposing new reporting mandates on a school-choice program has passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives even though the legislation does not include specific student-privacy protections that ensure compliance with federal law.

Ray Carter
February 18, 2020
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