A school funding lawsuit, like the one being considered by the Oklahoma City Public Schools board, threatens to force the state Legislature to find more money for schools — a maneuver attempted in nearly every state with varying degrees of success.
The state agency that oversees virtual schools has proposed a new grading system to improve oversight of the schools, which have experienced persistent low academic performance coupled with climbing enrollment.
A pro-charter school group has sued the state Board of Education, claiming charter schools are inequitably funded. The lawsuit seeks access to additional funding sources that only school districts currently may receive.
Foster children will soon be able to receive state funds to attend private school. It is the first time a state voucher program, the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program, has been expanded beyond students with disabilities.
Small classes are a cornerstone of pre-K, but some districts are now raising a long-held cap on the number of students, a move that could dilute Oklahoma’s most admired and arguably successful educational initiative.
Virtual charter schools will have to start tracking student attendance in accordance with a new law signed Friday by Gov. Mary Fallin. The proposal arose after Oklahoma Watch revealed last year that all five of Oklahoma’s virtual charter schools reported between 98 and 100 percent attendance last year. Two reported 100 percent.