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.
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.
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.
In 2018, nearly 30 percent of Oklahoma students went to a school with no music, dance or visual art education.
Here’s a roundup of some of the biggest policy issues on deck for the upcoming year and legislative session.
The surprising design of a new Tulsa park, where children learn by escaping adults and facing obstacles
On the surface, Tulsa’s spectacular new park looks just like a fancy playground. But it was actually intentionally designed to help kids learn important life skills through play.