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Investigative Journalism
Outsider involvement in school staff protests

April 10, 2018 - 10:07am CDT

Staff Reports Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, who won Oklahoma Democrats’ support in the 2016 presidential primary, threw his state organization behind the school shutdown this week, while law enforcement warned that potentially violent outsiders might try to infiltrate the marchers. The Sa... READ MORE

OEA, Other Groups Work to Increase Education Spending

April 2, 2018 - 4:13pm CDT

By Patrick B. McGuigan and Stacy Martin Oklahoma’s long-awaited teacher walkout began today, even after legislation raising taxes and increasing teacher pay was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday. The organization which became the public face of the tax hike is the Oklahoma Education A... READ MORE

OU Foundation Received $1 Million in Chinese Government Funds for Confucius Institute

March 27, 2018 - 10:09am CDT

By Mike Brake The University of Oklahoma may have evaded a federal requirement to report foreign donations by channeling more than $1 million in Chinese government funds for its Confucius Institute through the private OU Foundation, an OCPA investigation has found. Federal law mandates that instit... READ MORE

FBI Monitoring Chinese-Run Confucius Institutes

February 27, 2018 - 3:09pm CST

By Mike Brake The FBI is concerned that an arm of the Chinese government has a major presence on more than 100 American college and university campuses, including the University of Oklahoma, according to recent testimony before a U. S. Senate committee. FBI Director Christopher Wray told t... READ MORE

After Step Up plan fails, OKCPS chief urges employees to contact lawmakers

February 22, 2018 - 9:28am CST

The acting superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools used the district’s taxpayer-funded email system to urge teachers and other staff members to lobby state lawmakers in the wake of the failure of the Step Up Oklahoma tax increase/teacher pay plan, OCPA has learned. “Yes this did come from OK... READ MORE

Free-speech controversy continues at UCO

February 13, 2018 - 3:20pm CST

The visit by Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis (AiG) to the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in Edmond was scrubbed last week. UCO is now the Sooner State’s third largest higher education facility, so the move got attention. Administrators say they did not cancel the engagement, scheduled for M... READ MORE

Private Placements Benefit High-Needs Students

February 6, 2018 - 9:11am CST

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) and the schools it serves spend up to $2 million annually—as much as $200,000 per student—to send selected students with profound disabilities to private residential schools in other states, according to data provided by OSDE. Most of those students... READ MORE

Tax Foundation Critiques ‘Step Up Oklahoma’ Tax Plan

January 24, 2018 - 11:29am CST

The Tax Foundation, a well-known nonprofit that studies fiscal policy across the United States, has issued a critical analysis of the combination of tax changes and tax increases advanced over the past two weeks by Step Up Oklahoma. The foundation said the envisioned changes would make the stat... READ MORE

Teachers Cite Dues, Ideology for OEA Membership Slide

January 16, 2018 - 2:40pm CST

The Oklahoma Education Association (OEA), the state’s largest teachers union, lost 5.7 percent of its active members last year and has lost nearly 20 percent over the last 5 years, according to National Education Association (NEA) financial reports compiled by labor union researcher Mike Antonucci. ... READ MORE

Teacher union calls for boycott of Oklahoma Wesleyan-trained teachers

January 11, 2018 - 1:00pm CST

By Mike Brake In response to a recent newspaper column written by Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) president Everett Piper, the Bartlesville Education Association is calling for Bartlesville Public Schools to refrain from accepting student teachers from OKWU for any training in district clas... READ MORE

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