Under state law, private schools in Oklahoma that offer tax-credit tuition scholarships must not discriminate in admissions against students with disabilities. But Oklahoma Watch found that most schools exclude such students from discrimination policies.
The state’s Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship program prohibits participating schools from discriminating against students with disabilities, but some schools say they don’t have the capacity to educate these students. Here are some schools’ positions.
A fourth of high schools across the state have eliminated world language classes over a decade, erasing the chances for thousands of students to acquire skills that could better prepare them for college and the job market.
Epic Charter Schools posted a dramatic growth of more than 4,000 students over last year, reaching more than 13,000 enrollment. The virtual charter school is drawing students away from traditional public schools despite concerns over rapid growth and lower academic measures.
A controversial practice of shutting children alone in small closet-like rooms to control their behavior has led Oklahoma parents to withdraw their children from school, seek police intervention and take legal action.
Virtual charter schools stand to receive the largest share of local tax funding if a lawsuit by a pro-charter-school group is successful. That gain could occur even though online schools spend less on buildings and transportation.
Advocates for students with disabilities, minority students and low-income students weighed in on the state’s plan for education under the Every Student Succeeds Act. These and other stakeholders questioned the law’s grouping of students, test translations and continued use of school letter grades.
Across the state, hundreds, if not thousands, of student athletes each year sustain a concussion. But most schools do not provide what health experts consider one of the best ways to prevent brain injuries: Have an athletic trainer on site.