Budget & Tax, Education

AG concludes Stitt’s scholarship program is legal

A legal analysis released by the Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General concludes that Gov. Kevin Stitt complied with federal law when he authorized use of some federal funds for scholarships that help low-income children attend private school.

Ray Carter
October 23, 2020
Budget & Tax, Economy

State unemployment fund drained by pandemic

An unprecedented surge in unemployment claims caused by this year’s COVID-19 shutdown, combined with major fraud, has drained Oklahoma’s unemployment insurance trust fund and requires an increase in associated taxes on employers.

Ray Carter
October 21, 2020
Budget & Tax, Education

Deer Creek revenues, enrollment growing

Officials in many school districts continue to insist that funding is inadequate. So let's take a look at the available revenues in selected Oklahoma districts.

Curtis Shelton
October 20, 2020
Budget & Tax, Education

Department of Education budget request unrealistic

The Oklahoma State Board of Education recently released its fiscal year 2022 budget request and is asking for an increase of $191 million over the current level.

Curtis Shelton
October 15, 2020
Budget & Tax, Education

For-profit companies receive public school money

Earlier this week, state Superintendent Joy Hofmeister heaped praise on a private-sector product that is helping to keep Oklahoma students safe.

Curtis Shelton
October 9, 2020
Budget & Tax, Education

Irregularities in state audit of EPIC?

A recently released special investigative audit of EPIC Charter Schools, an online K-12 provider, may be receiving as much attention for perceived and alleged irregularities in the audit process as for its findings.

Ray Carter
October 5, 2020
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