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.

Four Weeks into the Session, a Closer Look at Where Things Stand

At the one-quarter mark of the 2017 legislative session, lawmakers have a number of unresolved issues — chiefly the $878 million budget gap for next fiscal year. But many Republicans want to look at possible spending and tax-break cuts before they decide on revenue-raising ideas.

Expected of Teachers: Spend Hundreds on Classroom Supplies

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.

Undervalued Properties Deprive Schools of Millions in Funds

Below-market property valuations and constitutional caps on tax increases are depriving Oklahoma schools, counties and cities of tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue, according to a recent data study.