Education, Good Government

Parent warns against ending state tests in schools

Some officials have called for elimination of state testing in Oklahoma schools for the second year in a row. But one mother of three children is among those opposed. “I don’t understand how we can afford to lose another year of data."

Ray Carter
November 24, 2020
Education, Family & Community

Parent group launches, seeks accountability from schools

Gathered at the Oklahoma Capitol on a brisk Monday, parents announced the formation of a group that will seek to empower families to have greater control in their children’s education—including the ability to hold recall elections for school board members that ignore parents’ wishes.

Ray Carter
November 23, 2020
Higher Education

OU strategic plan will impose expensive, coercive diversity regime

On July 28, 2020, the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents approved a new strategic plan.

David Randall, Ph.D.
November 20, 2020
Budget & Tax, Education

Muskogee per-pupil revenue growing

Enrollment in Muskogee Public Schools has declined by nearly 900 students, a 13 percent decrease, over the last decade. Over that same time, total revenues have fallen by 5 percent.

Curtis Shelton
November 19, 2020
Higher Education

Historian promotes balanced version of U.S. history

For roughly three decades, Wilfred McClay has taught United States history, but he only recently decided to take the plunge and write his own American History textbook for teenage students after concluding the available alternatives were “simply not adequate to the task of creating that sense of living and nourishing connection to the past.”

Ray Carter
November 19, 2020
Education

Agency hides memo warning of illegal activity

The Oklahoma State Department of Education has stripped its website of a memo issued by the state attorney general, which warns that the agency has acted illegally in its administration of a state program for children with special needs.

Ray Carter
November 17, 2020
Education

State board of education on shaky legal ground

In September of this year, the Oklahoma State Board of Education denied the applications of two Christian schools to the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship program.

Ryan Haynie
November 17, 2020
Budget & Tax, Higher Education

Higher education’s budget request unrealistic

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recently released their budget request for the upcoming fiscal year starting on July 1. That request looks to increase the budget for higher education by 11.5 percent, a nearly $90 million increase.

Curtis Shelton
November 16, 2020
Education, Good Government

Epic Charter given time to address alleged deficiencies

In an all-day meeting that ran into the evening hours, the State Board of Education opted not to downgrade Epic Charter School’s accreditation status in response to alleged deficiencies. Board officials noted other schools have been given time to address concerns before facing potential probation and said Epic should not be treated any differently.


Ray Carter
November 13, 2020
Education

Christian school remains barred from state program

The State Board of Education has shelved the request of a Christian school to participate in a program for children with special needs and instead requested an official opinion from the state attorney general.

Ray Carter
November 12, 2020