April 9, 2021
Happy Friday, readers! The biggest topic in education these last few weeks has been charter school funding, so I thought it was a good time to catch you up on what has happened since the state Board of Education’s surprise vote to equalize funding – including local tax revenues – with virtual and brick-and-mortar charter schools.
- First, the vote, on March 26, which state Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said violates the state constitution.
- Then, Oklahoma City Public Schools challenged the settlement.
- Districts across the state started joining in. More than 100 districts have contacted the attorneys handling the case.
- The Legislature waded into the fray with its own solution, one that would exclude virtual charter schools from at least once source of revenue.
So that’s where it stands currently.
Also, the teacher walkout was three years ago this week, when many schools across the state closed and thousands of teachers and supporters descended on the state Capitol to protest low pay and lack of education funding. Have a good weekend.
On Oklahoma Watch
- Education notebook – Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
- California – Ravenwoode: Offering appreciation to health, education officials – Lake County News
- Education News – Texarkana Gazette
- US Department of Education Releases “COVID-19 Handbook, Volume 2: Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students’ Needs” | US – U.S. Department of Education
- The more you learn, the more you earn: education and poverty alleviation in Thailand – UN News
- Dep’t of Education issues emergency order waiving test requirement for seniors, series of adjustments – Florida Politics
- D.C. mayor proposes boost in education spending as she calls on schools to fully reopen in the fall – The Washington Post
- Faculty invited to apply to General Education Scholar Program | Penn State University – Penn State News
- US Department of Education Announces More Biden-Harris Appointees | US – U.S. Department of Education