Kim Jarrett

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.