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One Idea To Help Fund Oklahoma Schools: Take From The Rich And Give To The Rest

The wind blows strong and steady in Calumet, a small town about 40 miles west of Oklahoma City. It’s the wind that’s prompted companies to build turbines here. A natural gas company also built a plant nearby. In northeastern Oklahoma, Google built a large data center in Pryor. And the city of Cushing is flanked […]

What Do Monkey Bars and Test Scores Have In Common? More Than You Might Think

On the playground at Chattanooga Elementary School some kids are pretending to be pirates, a few boys are climbing on a baseball dugout, and another group is belting out the words to various pop songs as they wriggle across the monkey bars. This is the students’ third 15-minute recess of the day, and they’ll get […]

As Cities in Oklahoma Woo Innovative Industries, Researchers Say Schools Are a Weak Link

A new report from the Brookings Institution says Oklahoma City is positioned for growth. It says the city has a solid layer of infrastructure essential for development — and diversifying the economy. But there’s a threat to this development, and that’s a potentially weak workforce. Some researchers say local officials need to ensure schools provide […]

Oil’s Pipeline to America’s Schools

Jennifer Merritt’s first-graders at Jefferson Elementary School in Pryor, Oklahoma, were in for a treat. Sitting cross-legged on the floor, the students gathered in late November for story time with two special guests, state Rep. Tom Gann and state Sen. Marty Quinn.

Some Shelterless Oklahoma Schools to Cancel Class When Tornados Threaten

Of the many ideas for changes to state policy following May’s deadly tornado outbreak — changing building codes to make public structures safer, requiring shelters in new school buildings, providing money to upgrade schools without shelters — the one that has the best chance of actually happening is ‘tornado days.’ Local superintendents don’t need any […]

Tax Break for Big Corporations Could Mean Even Less Money for Oklahoma Schools

State Question 766 passed in November 2012, and eliminated the tax on intangible property:  business licenses, trade secrets, company logos, things with value beyond their physical traits. Before the election, the state Tax Commission estimated 766 would mean revenue losses of around $30 million for Oklahoma public schools. Five months later, a new estimate predicts […]

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