Nearly three-fourths of principals at Oklahoma schools have been in their positions for five years or less. The average stay for principals at high-poverty, high-minority schools is four years. The turnover can disrupt schools’ ability to retain teachers and advance student achievement.
Two days after voting to pursue hiring a public relations firm to market the online schools sponsored by the Statewide Virtual Charter School Board, the agency director says the project may be scrapped.
A Senate bill intended to protect teachers would mandate lengthy suspensions for elementary students as young as third grade. Opponents say schools instead should use alternative controls and provide services.
A divided state Board of Education agreed by a 5-2 vote to sponsor a language immersion charter school in Norman, despite concerns raised by the state superintendent on the school’s likelihood to be successful.
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.