Oklahoma schools face unexpected costs due to COVID-19. But they are also benefiting from substantial one-time funding due to the pandemic.
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.
During the spring COVID-19 shutdown, Oklahoma officials were swamped with fraudulent unemployment claims.
Budget & Tax
A federal judge has ruled state-tribal gaming compacts auto-renewed for 15 years due to the actions of a little-known state commission dominated by appointees of former Gov. Mary Fallin.
Law & Principles
Oklahoma could be “on the cusp” of regaining the sixth congressional seat it lost after the 2000 Census.
Budget & Tax
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has struck down casino gaming compacts negotiated by Gov. Kevin Stitt with two tribes, ruling the governor exceeded his authority by including sports betting in the compact agreements.
Family & Community
The U.S. Conference of Mayors executive committee recently passed a resolution supporting the establishment of a federal commission “to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery.”
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.
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.