Education

How much instruction are Oklahoma school districts providing?

A survey of the online learning dashboards implemented on Monday, April 6, by a number of Oklahoma school districts for the remainder of the virus-canceled 2019-20 school year showed that many are providing little to no student instruction.

Mike Brake
April 7, 2020
Education

Oklahoma public schools to go online

While public school buildings will remain closed to students, the system will shift to educating children online and through other distance-learning methods under an order approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Education.

Ray Carter
March 25, 2020
Education

Resources available for parents thrust into homeschooling

The Homeschool Oklahoma website has vital information for parents “thrust into home education without any preparation.” They have joined other homeschool organizations nationwide to reach out to parents who suddenly find themselves with children at home and schools canceled for the indefinite future.    

Mike Brake
March 23, 2020
Education

State could suspend student testing, school grades

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister has announced that the state will seek a federal waiver to suspend both state testing for the 2019-20 school year and school report cards, two major transparency measures that have allowed officials to track the trajectory of public education in Oklahoma.

Ray Carter
March 19, 2020
Education

With schools closed, education-funding reforms could alleviate parents’ burdens

Amid the many coronavirus-related school closures, several colleges are giving students a partial refund on room and board. Some scholars say parents with pre-K through 12th-grade students deserve similar consideration for education expenses. 

Mike Brake
March 19, 2020
Education

Oklahoma closes public schools—including online schools

To reduce the likelihood of coronavirus exposure among children and school staff, the Oklahoma State Board of Education voted this week to close all public schools from March 17 to April 6—including virtual charter schools.

Ray Carter
March 17, 2020
Education

Extended use of ‘emergency’ teachers approved

In 2018, Oklahoma lawmakers approved around $600 million in tax increases, in part to fund teacher pay raises officials said were needed to address a teacher shortage that had forced schools to hire emergency-certified instructors who lacked traditional credentials.

Ray Carter
March 11, 2020
Education

Anti-bullying measure advances, but aid for victims remains sidelined

Legislation requiring public schools to take more seriously reports of bullying has gained easy passage in the Oklahoma Senate. But even as lawmakers decry the growing problem of school bullying, efforts to increase the options available to victims of bullying remain sidelined at the Capitol.

Ray Carter
March 11, 2020
Education

Scholarship program critics do about-face on tax credits

This week many who lambaste the tax-credit scholarship program voted to provide up to $50 million in tax credits to mostly out-of-state film producers, diverting a far greater sum from the state’s general revenue fund. And they supported the film program even though independent research shows its return on investment is a small fraction of the return generated by scholarship tax credits.

Ray Carter
March 4, 2020