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Raising the kindergarten age in Oklahoma may leave some children out

A controversial proposal in the Oklahoma state legislature would delay the age kids would be eligible to start kindergarten and put Oklahoma on-trend with dozens of other states. But some childhood experts say the trend may not serve Oklahoma kids well.

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State officials: Impossible to track Epic’s alleged ‘ghost students’

With Epic Charter Schools under scrutiny by state and federal law enforcement, will regulators move to close the loophole the school seems to be taking advantage of?

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Fifteen bills StateImpact is watching in the 2019 Oklahoma legislature

With a huge freshman class and a promise for less gridlock, Oklahoma lawmakers filed more than 2,800 bills this legislative session. With a third of the session now over, the StateImpact team has an update on some bills we’re following.

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The ‘trade-ups’ and trade-offs of consolidating Oklahoma’s largest school district

Oklahoma City is growing, but student enrollment in district schools is on the decline. The distribution isn’t felt evenly, and some schools are overcrowded while others are operating at less than half capacity. District officials estimate they spend $2.4 million heating and cooling empty buildings each year.

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Years after charter school divided rural community, some see broken promises while others note academic progress

Two years ago the Oklahoma State Board of Education exercised its authority to approve a rural charter school for the first time. This decision was a contentious one. By approving the charter’s application, the state board had overturned a local board’s decision to deny it, leaving some wondering who’s really in control.

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