[This article was originally delivered to subscribers of our Education Watch newsletter. Sign up now to receive Education Watch directly in your inbox.] In a recent phone interview with Gov. Kevin Stitt for a story about his track record on education, I was able to talk to the governor directly about the Bridge the Gap […]
Stories on COVID-19 recovery, culture wars, book bans, and virtual schools were big in 2022.
Federal auditors found problems with Oklahoma’s COVID-19 relief programs for students. It’s causing delays in spending additional funds totalling nearly $18 million.
An attorney for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press says the state has given no valid reason to keep the report secret or delay its release.
Oklahoma gave a Florida company a no-bid contract to distribute $18 million in pandemic relief money as a test-run for school vouchers. Now federal investigators are eyeing the deal.
A state representative who sued the state will soon receive the spending records on a COVID-19 relief program created by the governor in 2020. The Bridge the Gap Digital Wallet program used $8 million in federal funds to provide low-income families grants to buy school supplies in the pandemic. Our reporting with The Frontier and […]
What happened to the second round of emergency education relief funding the federal government sent Gov. Stitt?
State private schools have qualified for federal relief funds in several ways. Use our database to see what schools received funds through two of those programs.
Topics: Oklahoma Watch’s open records lawsuit against the state. Investigating the governor’s use of federal education relief funds. Tulsa police’s handling of a 70-year-old woman in mental health crisis.
After the state has loosened its financial disclosure requirements over the years, a proposal to add more transparency fails after Gov. Kevin Stitt vetoes popular legislation.