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Relationship Between OSSBA, Schools Risk Management Trust Examined

September 25, 2017 - 2:20pm CDT

By Jay Chilton, CIJ Insurance is easy to forget about until you need it, like when a building is damaged in a storm or a customer slips and sues. As an alternative to traditional insurance, some Oklahoma public school districts participate in a self-insurance program. Records show the program h... READ MORE

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JAY CHILTON ON THE TRENT ENGLAND SHOW SEPT. 25, 2017

September 25, 2017 - 12:00am CDT

Jay Chilton joins the show to give an update on sports, tonight's upcoming school board meeting, and "ghost teachers." READ MORE

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Is OKCPS a Sanctuary School District? Officials Send Mixed Messages

September 19, 2017 - 9:09am CDT

By Jay Chilton, CIJ Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Aurora Lora issued a statement on Sept. 5 in opposition to the Trump administration’s decision to rescind an Obama-era executive order establishing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA allowed some individual... READ MORE

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OKCPS Board Gives Attention to School Names, DACA

September 18, 2017 - 4:05pm CDT

By Jay Chilton, CIJ Three sites in the Oklahoma City School District—M.L. King, Jr. Elementary School, F.D. Moon Elementary School, and Oklahoma Centennial Middle School—rank among the nation’s 20 worst-performing public schools, according to an article published by NeighborhoodScout.com. ... READ MORE

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JAY CHILTON ON THE TRENT ENGLAND SHOW SEPT. 18, 2017

September 18, 2017 - 12:00pm CDT

Jay Chilton joins Trent to give an update on sports, state fair food, and his latest findings on "sanctuary schools" in Oklahoma City. READ MORE

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Surplus Funds at Statewide Virtual Charter School Board Discussed

August 21, 2017 - 1:14pm CDT

By Jay Chilton, CIJ OKLAHOMA CITY — Possible uses for $2.7 million in surplus funds are under consideration by the Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board (SVCSB), the body which oversees the operation of Oklahoma’s statewide virtual charter schools. According to the SVCSB website, Oklahom... READ MORE

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Current and Former Prosecutors Shed Light on Legal Procedures

August 18, 2017 - 10:49am CDT

By Jay Chilton, CIJ Why would an Oklahoma district attorney file felony charges against a state official and then drop those charges, only to declare that the charges could be refiled at a later date? Does this mean the official should not have been charged in the first place? Does it indicate that... READ MORE

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Oklahoma Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Authority of SQ 640

August 9, 2017 - 2:56pm CDT

By Jay Chilton, CIJ OKLAHOMA CITY―Eight Oklahoma Supreme Court Justices sat before more than 100 legislators, reporters, lawyers, and concerned citizens on Tuesday, with hundreds more in the state Capitol watching a broadcast of the proceedings. In the courtroom, the Justices listened to attorneys ... READ MORE

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Prior to Preliminary Hearing, DA Drops Hofmeister Charges, For Now

August 9, 2017 - 9:51am CDT

By Jay Chilton, CIJ Oklahoma’s superintendent of public instruction is at least temporarily free of a prosecution threat and can focus instead on her 2018 reelection campaign. On Aug. 1, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater moved to dismiss charges against Superintendent Joy Hofmeist... READ MORE

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Election Integrity Back on the Front Burner

August 2, 2017 - 9:00am CDT

By J. E. McReynolds, Independent Journalist A tug of war between President Donald J. Trump and his political opponents has centered in recent months on election integrity and claims of voter fraud. According to a recent report from the conservative Heritage Foundation, voter fraud isn’t the myth th... READ MORE

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