Education

Teacher numbers climb, but trend may not last

New figures suggest pay increases have attracted more teachers to Oklahoma schools, but much of the increase remains attributable to reliance on emergency-certified teachers

Ray Carter
December 2, 2019
Education, Family & Community

Teachers’ union encourages members to politicize Thanksgiving, Christmas gatherings

The parent organization of the Oklahoma Education Association is encouraging its members to “incorporate your commitment to social justice at your celebrations this year.”

Ray Carter
November 27, 2019
Education

State testing outcomes prompt question: When will results improve?

Despite a dramatic increase in school funding and the adoption of what state officials say are higher academic standards, Oklahoma students’ academic performance on state tests mostly remained stagnant in 2019 or lower than in 2017.

Ray Carter
November 27, 2019
Education

Funding structures, not union politics, driving teacher pay

During 2018, many Oklahoma school districts shut down for up to two weeks as part of a union-led walkout campaign targeting the state legislature. Just days before the shutdown, the legislature had passed a package of tax increases in order to raise teacher pay by an average of $6,100. One of the most salient arguments leading up to the pay raise and walkout was that Oklahoma was losing teachers to Texas due to higher pay south of the Red River.

Curtis Shelton
November 21, 2019
Education

OKC district’s effort to penalize charter schools for attracting students prompts lawsuit

The Oklahoma City school district has announced plans to impose a fee on area charter schools that would financially penalize charter schools for attracting students from the traditional district. Two area charter schools have filed a lawsuit in response.

Ray Carter
November 13, 2019
Education

Ethics questions arise as law firm hosts school administrators’ golf event

Ask the average teacher what his or her Wednesday looks like, and the answer will usually involve working in the classroom. In contrast, on a recent Wednesday, as many as 100 school administrators and board members spent their day in a very different fashion—playing golf.

Ray Carter
November 11, 2019
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