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.
Oklahoma schools would continue to receive a single letter grade from the state Department of Education under a new plan for school accountability released Tuesday, but the components of the grades would be expanded.
As the election approaches in Oklahoma, one of the big questions is whether many of the educators running for the Legislature for the first time will win or lose. An Oklahoma Watch radio report spotlights the campaigns of three of these political rookies.
Millions of dollars will be spent in the coming months in an effort to convince Oklahomans to vote for or against the education sales tax. What voters don’t know is where the money being spent is coming from.
Black and Hispanic students are much less likely to be identified as “gifted” than their white and Asian counterparts — a disparity found in Oklahoma that mirrors national statistics on gifted and talented education.
Even in good budget years, Oklahoma teachers have swallowed the fact that despite relatively low salaries, they will have to spend hundreds of dollars out of their own pockets to furnish supplies for their classrooms.