Kim Jarrett

Oklahoma election called ‘mandate on school choice’

(The Center Square) – School choice was not the only issue in the Oklahoma gubernatorial race, but it was one of the most prolific.  Gov.…

Oklahoma will not add COVID-19 vaccine requirement for schools

(The Center Square) – Oklahoma will not add the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of shots required for children before they attend school, state officials…

Utah governor wants to ban cell phones from classrooms

(The Center Square) – Utah Gov. Spencer Cox proposed what he called “common sense” solutions for reducing the harmful effects of social media on children.…

South Dakota’s school report card shows drop in attendance

(The Center Square) – The South Dakota Department of Education’s 2021-2022 school report card shows a drop in attendance from prior years while graduation rates remain…

Oklahoma bans gender reassignment treatment for minors at Oklahoma University Health

(The Center Square) – Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill to ban gender reassignment treatments for children, including hormone replacement therapy, at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital.…

OK lawmakers approve prohibition on ARPA funds for children’s gender reassignment

(The Center Square) – Democrats and Republicans voted against a bill that would allocate nearly $109 million for health care after lawmakers inserted a provision…

Hofmeister asks for $310 million for Oklahoma teacher pay raises

(The Center Square) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said she would ask the state’s education board for $310 million for teacher pay…

Hutchinson: Proposed Title IX changes violate Arkansas law, bad for girls sports

(The Center Square) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday a proposed change to the Title IX rule would “undermine” girls sports and “violate the…

Oklahoma sued over transgender bathroom law that restricts access according to birth sex

(The Center Square) – Three transgender students are suing Oklahoma over a law that requires them to use bathrooms based on the sex listed on…

How will Oklahoma spend its $17M in unused pandemic education funds?

(The Center Square) – More than $17 million of unused pandemic relief funds for education administered through the Oklahoma governor’s office sits unused, while the…

Judge blocks Utah law preventing biological males who ‘transition’ from competing against females

(The Center Square) – Transgender girls in Utah will have an opportunity to play sports after a district court judge issued a preliminary injunction that…

Oklahoma governor questions the legality of payroll deductions for teachers’ union dues

(The Center Square) – Gov. Kevin Stitt ordered the State Department of Education to check payroll deductions for union dues to ensure they complied with…

Arkansas lawmakers question claims of teacher shortages

(The Center Square) – Members of the Arkansas Legislative Council grilled officials from the Department of Education on Thursday after they asked for a rule…

Hutchinson said Legislature didn’t support spending surplus on teacher raises

(The Center Square) – Arkansas legislators designated a $1.6 billion surplus for tax breaks and school safety grants but did not take up teacher pay…

Hutchinson tags surplus for tax relief, school safety grants

(The Center Square) – Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is asking lawmakers to pass reductions in the corporate and income taxes and establish a $50 million…

Cox to Biden: Don’t tie food security programs to Title IX

(The Center Square) – Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said school nutrition programs should not be linked with adherence to the Biden administration’s Title IX policies.…

Arkansas Senate Democrats want $600 million of surplus for teacher pay

(The Center Square) – Arkansas Senate Democrats want to use $600 million of the state’s $1.6 billion surplus to increase teacher salaries. The Raise Act…

Alaska AG’s office: Public school funds cannot pay private school tuition

(The Center Square) – Public school funds can be used for a limited amount of private educational services but cannot be used to pay for…

Report questions accounting practices of Oklahoma State Department of Education

(The Center Square) – Oklahoma’s Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency found $5.8 million of questionable expenditures coded as instruction during an audit of the school’s…

Legislative committee wants full accounting of COVID spending by schools

(The Center Square) – A subcommittee that monitors state spending is asking Arkansas education officials for a full accounting of federal COVID relief funds given…

Stitt requests audit of Tulsa Public Schools

(The Center Square) – Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt called for an audit of Tulsa Public Schools on Thursday amid allegations an employee misused public funds. …

Arkansas panel looks to harden schools

(The Center Square) – An Arkansas state panel resurrected to recommend school safety measures in light of a mass shooting in Texas is underway. The…

Hutchinson reinstates Arkansas School Safety Commission

(The Center Square) – Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued an executive order Friday reinstating the state’s School Safety Commission.  “The recent violence in Texas was a…

Oklahoma lawmakers pass bill opening up abortion providers to civil liability

(The Center Square) – The Oklahoma Legislature passed a bill Thursday that would allow civil actions against any physician that performs an abortion.  House Bill…

One-time teacher pay increase could cost Hawaii millions

(The Center Square) – The Hawaii House of Representatives will consider a bill that would give teachers a one-time pay increase based on their years…

Stitt signs bill prohibiting transgender women in women’s sports

(The Center Square) – Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill Wednesday that bans transgender girls and women from competing in women’s sports. Senate Bill…

Utah lawmakers plan to override governor’s veto of transgender athlete bill

Utah lawmakers are returning to Salt Lake City on Friday to override Gov. Spencer Cox's veto of a bill that would completely ban transgender athletes from participating in school sports.