The huge increase in college costs has priced some families out of higher education altogether. Even fallback schools often cost a low-income family more than they earn in a year, putting them entirely out of reach regardless of financial aid, scholarships and other assistance.
A blast email to the state’s teachers praising gubernatorial candidate Kevin Stitt’s education plan has made some of them furious. The sender, who said she was a public school teacher, sent the message to teachers’ work emails, which some of them said was inappropriate.
Barred from issuing bonds and receiving property taxes, Oklahoma charter schools resort to renovating all kinds of buildings to house their students, be it an old shopping mall or a nightclub. They also are pushing to claim a revenue stream from the state for facilities.
Tulsa’s new riverside park, Gathering Place, isn’t just a fun place to play. The project was meticulously designed to keep kids learning and stimulate brain development in several important ways. Watch a 360-degree video and additional video clips, and read why free play outdoors is beneficial for children.
The teacher walkout and wave of educators filing to run for political office in Oklahoma this year reflects a national trend. A series by The Guardian, being republished in part by Oklahoma Watch, examines the reasons behind the surge in teacher activism.