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Alaska’s traditional public schools down 2%, charters up nearly 8%

(The Center Square) – Alaska traditional public schools experienced a drop in enrollment during the pandemic while public charter school enrollment grew, a new report…

Hawaii’s public school enrollment decreased during the pandemic

(The Center Square) – Public school enrollment in Hawaii decreased during the pandemic, and the students who left don’t seem to be coming back, according…

Oklahoma’s school enrollment practices a hot topic in the governor’s race

(The Center Square) – Oklahoma has some of the best open enrollment practices nationwide, according to a report released Thursday. Reason Foundation, which conducts nonpartisan public…

Arkansas lawmakers haggle over teacher pay

(The Center Square) – Lawmakers on the Senate and House Education Committees agree Arkansas teachers should get a pay raise, but just how much remains up…

Lawmaker sues Oklahoma over CARES Act education spending transparency

(The Center Square) – A lawmaker filed a lawsuit against the State of Oklahoma Tuesday, claiming mismanagement and lack of transparency over pandemic relief money…

Oklahoma lawmaker wants pandemic relief money allocated to teacher bonuses

(The Center Square) – Oklahoma still has more than a billion dollars of pandemic relief money meant for education unallocated. One lawmaker said he’d like…

Arkansas school safety panel revisits hardening campuses

(The Center Square) – The Arkansas School Safety Commission reconvened Tuesday to evaluate progress on its recommendations first made in 2018. It’s the second meeting…

Dunleavy, lawmakers tout education bills in Alaska

(The Center Square) – Universal preschool is one of four new programs an education bill passed by Alaska lawmakers. Gov. Mike Dunleavy said he plans…

Parents question continued masking in Hawaii schools

(The Center Square) – A decision by the interim superintendent for the Hawaii State Department of Education to continue masking in Hawaii schools until the…