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Public Education
Oklahoma’s Walters requires Bible, Ten Commandments taught as historic documents in classrooms

Oklahoma’s top education official announced Thursday that his department will require classrooms in specific grades to teach the Bible and Ten Commandments as “foundational documents” of Western Civilization.  State Superintendent… Read More

June 28, 2024
Public Education
Report: Millions in school funding goes where kids were, not where they are now

(The Center Square) – Missouri and Oklahoma should adjust school funding when enrollments drop instead of allocating amounts based on policies using previous numbers, according to a report by the… Read More

June 28, 2024
Public Education
More evidence of soaring demand: Oklahoma’s new universal school choice program already full

The inaugural year of the Oklahoma Parental Choice Tax Credit was a huge success, demonstrating billowing demand for school choice. Indeed, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE),… Read More

June 4, 2024
Public Education
Oklahoma State Department of Education demands school district return misused COVID relief funds

The Oklahoma State Department of Education ordered a public school district to return over $573,000 of COVID-19 relief funds to the federal government, alleging misuse on athletic facilities. On Wednesday,… Read More

May 10, 2024
Courts
Oklahoma Supreme Court hears initial arguments in historic Catholic charter school case

The Oklahoma Supreme Court heard initial arguments on Tuesday over what would be the nation’s first ever religious charter school. The St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School was… Read More

April 3, 2024
Public Education
Oklahoma establishes new ‘Office of School Choice’

The Oklahoma Department of Education is establishing a new “Office of School Choice,” State Superintendent Ryan Walters announced at a Board of Education meeting. The goal,… Read More

April 2, 2024
Public Education
Outrage over teen ‘toe sucking’ event billed as school charity for disabled people

The founder of a non-profit coffee shop that benefited from a public school charity which featured teens sucking and licking peanut butter off each others’ toes told The Lion he’s not… Read More

March 4, 2024
Legislation
Oklahoma bill imposes burden, threatens to defund virtual charter schools

A bill introduced in the Oklahoma House seeks to impose more rigorous restrictions on virtual charter schools, threatening to remove state funding if such schools do not or cannot comply. Read More

February 28, 2024
Legislation
Oklahoma bill to prohibit school officials from pressuring teachers into union activities advances

A new Oklahoma bill advanced by the Senate Education Committee aims to prevent school officials from exerting pressure on teachers to engage in union activities. “I want to emphasize that… Read More

February 26, 2024
Public Education
Oklahoma Supt. Ryan Walters, Rep. Mark McBride agree on literacy, parents’ rights, but clash on teaching traditional values in education

Ryan Walters has only been the State Superintendent of Oklahoma for a year, but he’s already made a huge impact to the state’s public education system. The pro-parental rights conservative… Read More

February 21, 2024
Legislation
Oklahoma committee advances bill addressing cell phone use in schools

(The Center Square) – A bill banning student cell phones in the classroom advanced out of the Appropriations and Budget Education Subcommittee on Monday. House Bill 3913 would create a… Read More

February 20, 2024
Public Education
Elementary principal who moonlights as drag queen resigns

An Oklahoma public school principal has resigned after months of controversy surrounding his afterschool drag queen performances and past legal issues. Shane Murnan, the former principal at John Glenn Elementary,… Read More

February 6, 2024
Public Education
Oklahoma’s new education secretary is a school choice champion

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed Nellie Tayloe Sanders, an advocate for special education and school choice, to serve as the state’s new Secretary of Education. Though not herself an… Read More

January 31, 2024
Legislation
Families to protest bill in Oklahoma attacking homeschool freedoms, parental rights

Families in Oklahoma are preparing to gather Feb. 6 at the state’s Capitol to express concerns over recent legislation that seeks to limit their educational freedoms. Read More

January 30, 2024
Public Education
Oklahoma Schools superintendent appoints ‘Libs of TikTok’ creator to media committee

(The Center Square) – Oklahoma Superintendent Ryan Walters announced Tuesday that he had appointed the creator of a social media account known for its outspoken criticism of sexualized materials in school… Read More

January 24, 2024
Legislation
‘Send them to the pound’: Oklahoma rep introduces bill to ban ‘furries’ from school, have them rounded up by ‘animal control’

An Oklahoma state representative introduced a bill last week that would ban so-called “furries” from attending school. “Furries,” the New York Post says, are “a subculture… Read More

January 24, 2024
Public Education
Walters proposal would suspend teachers under investigation for sexual assault

(The Center Square) – Teachers accused of sexual assault would automatically be suspended, and school districts would be required to report the investigation to the Oklahoma State Department of Education,… Read More

January 23, 2024
Courts
Oklahoma school district and coach faces lawsuit over alleged abuse and toxic culture

A federal lawsuit was filed last week against an Oklahoma school district and football coach,  who has been accused of inappropriate and abusive behavior. More than half a dozen parents… Read More

January 18, 2024
Public Education
Walters says Oklahoma will end relationships with ‘anti-parent’ outside groups

(The Center Square) – Oklahoma’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters said Wednesday he is ending the department’s relationships with at least three organizations he said push an “anti-parent”… Read More

January 11, 2024
Courts
Groups oppose Oklahoma AG’s suit against virtual charter school board

(The Center Square) – A lawsuit filed by Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond opposing a virtual religious charter school discriminates against minority religions, according to an amicus brief filed with… Read More

January 10, 2024