Education

Abused child finds new life thanks to adoption, faith, and school choice

As a child, Gina Jackson endured years of horrific abuse from her biological father and even officials working in the state’s child-protection system. Today, thanks to a loving adoptive mother and her religious faith, she’s found spiritual healing. And thanks to Oklahoma’s tax-credit scholarship program, she’s made academic strides that now allow her to pursue a college degree.

Ray Carter
June 10, 2019
Education

PLAC’s partisanship becoming obvious

Oklahoma PLAC this year endorsed the House Democrats' plan to spend every penny of this year’s historic surplus and to enact millions of dollars in new taxes on income and investment. PLAC also opposed Gov. Kevin Stitt’s efforts to put qualified women and minorities on the State Board of Education.

Staff
May 22, 2019
Budget & Tax, Education

Lawmakers vote to junk April 1 school-funding deadline

A seldom-obeyed law mandating passage of a public school budget by April 1 may soon be a thing of the past. House Bill 2769, which repeals the funding deadline, has passed both chambers of the Legislature and is headed for the governor’s desk.

Ray Carter
May 22, 2019
Budget & Tax, Education

Democrats call for dramatic education spending increase

This year’s state appropriation for K-12 schools was above $3 billion for the first time ever. It’s now estimated K-12 schools will have received a $638 million increase in appropriations in just two years, including money for an average combined two-year pay raise of $7,320 for teachers.

Ray Carter
May 22, 2019
Education

In education funding, appropriations don’t tell the whole story

Non-appropriated revenue has accounted for more than 64 percent of new education revenue every year since fiscal year 2006. This revenue has grown from $3.4 billion to $4.1 billion when adjusted for inflation. While state appropriations have remained relatively flat other sources of revenue have grown. Local revenue sources have grown 36 percent since 2006.

Curtis Shelton
May 21, 2019
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