Norman’s proposed LeMonde International School has asked to open in a church. The Norman Public Schools board denied the request, in part because of concerns over state-church separation. The State Board of Education takes up the school’s appeal Thursday, yet the church’s pastor now says the arrangement is off.
Since 2013, Oklahoma taxpayers have been allowed to take a state income-tax credit in exchange for donations made to private schools. Now a legislator and others are wondering: Why not offer tax credits for donations to public schools?
Teachers at Epic Charter Schools can earn up to their base pay in bonuses, making them some of the highest-paid teachers in the state. But students at the virtual school often underperform their public-school peers.
Oklahoma lags most of the nation in taking advantage of federal money to expand its meal programs in public schools, even as a fourth of its children lack consistent access to food. Last year, the state left $17 million on the table.
New campaign finance reports reveal for the first time the primary funders behind opposition to last year’s state question proposing a 1-cent sales tax for education. The reports also show that backers of the penny tax, which was shot down by voters in November, outspent their opposition more than seven to one.