Education

CDC declares schools should be ‘the last settings to close’

Newly released data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that COVID-19 infections in areas with in-person instruction at K-12 schools are comparable to the rate in areas where students are limited to virtual options.

Ray Carter
January 14, 2021
Education

GOP lawmakers back Stitt on quarantines

Fifty House Republican lawmakers have announced their support for resumed in-person instruction in all Oklahoma schools and Gov. Kevin Stitt’s plan to ease quarantine restrictions at schools.

Ray Carter
January 13, 2021
Education

Hofmeister supports mass quarantine of healthy students

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister is maintaining her support for mass quarantining of Oklahoma students for COVID-19 exposure, even though schools across the state have reported such quarantines have largely proven unwarranted and create significant strain on schools.

Ray Carter
January 13, 2021
Budget & Tax, Education

Nearly $100 million unspent from school COVID funds

Although some school officials have claimed COVID-19 has created new spending needs that exceed available funding, creating financial strain in state schools, districts have been slow to spend federal bailout money provided specifically for those needs, state senators were told Monday.

Ray Carter
January 11, 2021
Budget & Tax, Education

Pay hikes may do little for teacher shortage, student reading

In the 2018 legislative session, lawmakers passed some of the biggest tax increases in Oklahoma history, saying the additional taxes were needed to boost teacher pay and increase the number of educators in public schools.

Ray Carter
January 11, 2021
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