Security Breach at OU Exposes Thousands of Students’ Data

The University of Oklahoma unintentionally exposed thousands of students’ educational records — including social security numbers and financial aid information dating to at least 2002 — through lax privacy settings in a campus file-sharing network.

Concerns Prompt New Law Revising How Virtual Schools Track Attendance

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.

Summer and After-School Programs Out of Reach for Many Parents

When school’s out, in summer or afternoon, many parents face a struggle. Research shows that children without access to summer and after-school learning programs can suffer academically, but finding good, affordable ones is an arduous task. Oklahoma provides no state funding, and a federal program could be eliminated.

Hofmeister Legal Fund Reports Its First Donations

A special fund to defray the cost of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister’s legal defense reported its initial donors Sunday. Four supporters donated a total of just over $75,000 to help Hofmeister fight charges of accepting illegal campaign contributions.

Oklahoma Schools Beset by High Principal Turnover

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.