Category Archive for: education

Dept of Ed: Religious Organizations Cannot Be Blocked from Federal Contracts

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today at the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) State Directors Annual Meeting that the Department will no longer enforce a restriction barring religious organizations from serving as contract providers of equitable services solely due to their religious affiliation. The U.S. Department of Education, in consultation with the…Read More

Opinion: OEA Attack on ‘Elite’ Kids Is Disappointing

Last week, committees in the Oklahoma House and Senate each advanced legislation to raise the cap on the amount of tax credits that can be issued to those donating to scholarship-granting organizations for needy children. Oklahoma Education Association President Alicia Priest decried the decision, declaring the program is “benefiting an elite few.” Elite? That’s an…Read More

Bills Filed to Limit Teacher Protests, Walkout

Oklahoma lawmakers have filed a host of bills that seek to crack down on the methods educators employed to stage a statewide walkout and Capitol protest last spring. Proposed measures range from criminal penalties for disrupting the Legislature to the mandatory loss of pay and teacher certification for those who strike or shut down schools…Read More

School consolidation remains tough political sell

Oklahoma has too many school districts and could save nearly $30 million if it had a number of districts more in line with states of similar size, according to a policy paper recently published by an education professor. In a report titled “Right-sizing Oklahoma Districts,” James Machell, dean of the University of Central Oklahoma College…Read More

OU, OSU: No Medical Marijuana on Campus

Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma are telling students that even if they become licensed medical marijuana patients in the state’s new legal program, they may not possess or use marijuana on campus. According to a joint news release from OSU and OU, it is because the schools receive federal funding that they…Read More