Budget & Tax, Education

AG concludes Stitt’s scholarship program is legal

A legal analysis released by the Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General concludes that Gov. Kevin Stitt complied with federal law when he authorized use of some federal funds for scholarships that help low-income children attend private school.

Ray Carter
October 23, 2020
Education

Virtual board has lack of experience, potential conflicts

The members of the Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board, which recently launched a review of its contract with Epic Charter Schools following a critical state audit, generally lack experience with charter schools and appear to have limited experience in online education.

Ray Carter
October 23, 2020
Economy

Officials warn court decision will drive business out of Oklahoma

A state commission is calling for action to provide consistent and fair regulatory treatment of all Oklahomans following a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Ray Carter
October 23, 2020
Education

OSDE officials dispute Epic audit findings

Officials with the Oklahoma State Department of Education, criticized for lackluster and ineffective financial oversight in a state audit of Epic Charter Schools, disputed portions of the audit in an appearance before lawmakers.

Ray Carter
October 22, 2020
Law & Principles

Officials call on Congress to address McGirt challenges

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau is urging Congress to approve legislation that restricts the impact of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding tribal reservations in Oklahoma.

Ray Carter
October 21, 2020
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
Education

Hofmeister, board routinely waive school finance penalties

The State Board of Education, chaired by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister, recently voted to impose more than $11 million in “clawback” penalties on Epic Charter Schools for alleged improper coding of administrative costs on state finances reports.

Ray Carter
October 15, 2020
Education

Review process launched into Epic’s charter

Members of the Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board voted Tuesday to begin a months-long administrative process that could potentially result in termination of the board’s contract with Community Strategies, Inc., the governing board for Epic One-on-One Charter School.

Ray Carter
October 13, 2020