Teacher Pay by Decade: Oklahoma vs. U.S.

For much of the past half century, teacher pay in Oklahoma has been well below the national average. In only one decade, just after the millennium, did compensation rise significantly, only to fall in this decade.

Interviews Show Teachers on a Collision Course with Unwavering Lawmakers

Despite the warning that teachers will walk out and shut down much of Oklahoma’s public school system, early indicators are that many legislators aren’t budging on positions that led to a stalemate on a teacher pay hike. Oklahoma Watch contacted lawmakers on both sides.

Step Up Campaign Highlights Gap in State Disclosure Laws

Although the Step Up Oklahoma plan failed to pass, it highlighted a gap in state campaign finance laws that can keep much of the funding and spending on both sides of the issue a secret.   

Is a Teachers Strike Imminent?

The Oklahoma House approved cuts to education and other areas Monday, and many teachers appear to be fed up. There is talk of a strike, but could it happen and would it be legal?

For People of Color, Banks Are Shutting the Door to Homeownership

Fifty years after the federal Fair Housing Act banned racial discrimination in lending, African Americans and Latinos continue to be disproportionately denied conventional mortgage loans. Oklahoma City and Tulsa are among the cities with high disparities.