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Investigative Journalism
Educators, Policymakers Decry ‘Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations’

February 21, 2017 - 1:16pm CST

  By Jay Chilton, CIJ “One of the (Seminole school) board members looked at me and said, ‘Paul, your expectations are too high for these people,’” recalled Paul Campbell, founder and chairman of Advance Rural Education, before the State Board of Education voted unanimously Jan. 26 to approve a cha... READ MORE

ESA Bill Passes Education Committee: Q&A with State Sen. Rob Standridge

February 21, 2017 - 11:12am CST

State Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, sat down with CIJ following a meeting of the Oklahoma Senate Education Committee on Monday where his Education Savings Account bill, SB 560, passed by a one-vote margin. Standridge talked about the bill, the debate, the vote and what happens next. CIJ: Your bi... READ MORE

TSET Billboard Spending Examined

February 20, 2017 - 1:17pm CST

By Jay Chilton CIJ On the north side of Interstate 40 between Meridian Avenue and Portland Avenue in Oklahoma City, the east- and west-facing electronic billboard owned by News 9 Outdoor Advertising features multiple advertisements by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET). Man... READ MORE

School Choice Proponents Hold Summit, Detractors Hold Protest

January 31, 2017 - 4:39pm CST

Jan. 31, 2017 By Jay Chilton, CIJ OKLAHOMA CITY ­― Parents, students and education stakeholders met at Oklahoma City Community College for the first annual Oklahoma School Choice Summit on Thursday, Jan. 26, to learn about opportunities and benefits afforded by current and possibly future e... READ MORE

Staff Member at Taxpayer-Funded Organization Works to Oppose Presidential Appointment

January 31, 2017 - 2:02pm CST

Jan. 31, 2017 By Jay Chilton, CIJ Hayley Jones serves on the executive staff for the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration as deputy general counsel. On her Twitter page, Jones describes herself a “Recovering middle school teacher turned education attorney/advocate for #oklaed.” ... READ MORE

Historic Seminole Charter School Wins Approval from State Board of Education

January 26, 2017 - 4:39pm CST

Jan. 26, 2017 By Jay Chilton, CIJ OKLAHOMA CITY – After a contentious hearing and a unanimous vote by the State Board of Education, a new charter school is coming to Seminole. It will open its doors in the fall for grades 11 and 12, and within three years, the school will expand to pre-K thro... READ MORE

Oklahoma teacher pay closer to average when cost of living considered

January 17, 2017 - 3:30pm CST

By Jay Chilton, CIJ Oklahoma City – State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister told legislators that average teacher pay in Oklahoma is among the lowest in the nation as she presented her agency’s budget request to the House Budget Committee earlier this month. Hofmeister called for what she described as... READ MORE

OU Hires Ex-Senator as Lobbyist

December 20, 2016 - 2:56pm CST

Shortly following the December 1 meeting of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the OU Board of Regents met in Norman and voted to approve President David Boren’s appointment of former Oklahoma state Sen. Jonathan Nichols as vice president of governmental relations. “I’m recommending t... READ MORE

Lawmakers Respond to Regents’ Budget Request

December 19, 2016 - 8:37am CST

(From left to right: Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Tulsa; State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones; Rep. David Brumbaugh, R-Tulsa) On December 1, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education voted to seek $957.9 million for fiscal year 2018—an increase of 18.3 percent over the current year’s budget. Chan... READ MORE

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