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
Budget & Tax, Education

How much does the Oklahoma State Department of Education spend?

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is one of the state’s largest agencies in terms of appropriations and total spending. In 2020 the OSDE received $3.07 billion of the state’s $8.2 billion in state appropriations, a 5.4 percent increase from 2019.

Curtis Shelton
September 29, 2020