Education

Department of Education data provides ghost-student number

Schools with declining enrollment still receive state funding for children who no longer attend the school, known informally as “ghost students.”

Curtis Shelton
February 3, 2021
Higher Education

Oklahoma college removes Land Run monument

​A concrete depiction of the 1889 Oklahoma Land Run that stood for decades outside Oklahoma City Community College is no more—fallen as many monuments have to protesters who claim such historical artifacts wound their sensibilities.

Mike Brake
February 3, 2021
Education

Legislation advances to boost charter-school red tape

Members of a state Senate committee voted Tuesday to increase the regulatory burden facing some groups seeking to provide parents with additional public-school options by opening a charter school.

Ray Carter
February 2, 2021
Budget & Tax, Education

Time for some ghost-busting in Oklahoma education

Many of Oklahoma’s public school districts may be haunted. Official enrollment records show that nearly 90 percent of Oklahoma school districts have at least one “ghost student."

Curtis Shelton
February 1, 2021
Education

Stitt targets ‘ghost student’ funding

In his State of the State address, Gov. Kevin Stitt called on all schools to provide full-time, in-person instruction as an option.

Ray Carter
February 1, 2021
Education

Four-day school week survives new law

The State Board of Education voted to give a one-year exemption to all Oklahoma public schools from a state law that requires districts to provide at least 165 days of instruction starting next year.

Ray Carter
January 28, 2021
Budget & Tax, Education

Legislative leader shocked by schools’ cash stockpile

Rep. Mark McBride noted combined school-district carryover almost reached $1 billion, which represents nearly one-seventh of the $7 billion public schools received last year from all sources.

Ray Carter
January 27, 2021
Education

‘Private school’ criticisms have familiar ring

A new report argues that private schools participating in school-choice programs may be flawed. But the issues raised in that report are widespread in the traditional public school system it touts as superior.

Ray Carter
January 27, 2021