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Investigative Journalism
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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Election Integrity Back on the Front Burner

August 2, 2017 - 9:00am CDT

By J. E. McReynolds 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 that it’s claimed to be by... READ MORE

Federal Afterschool Program Has ‘Nothing to Show for It,' Russell Says

July 17, 2017 - 1:29pm CDT

By Jay Chilton, CIJ A multi-million-dollar federal education program, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grants program, has “nothing to show for it,” U.S. Rep. Steve Russell says. Also, a review of 21st CCLC grant recipients’ assessment practices in the state showed that the p... READ MORE

Griffin Touts Scholarships for Foster, Adopted Children

July 10, 2017 - 1:09pm CDT

By Jay Chilton, CIJ Parents, school choice activists, and legislators were lauded this month for passage of Senate Bill 301 during the 2017 Oklahoma legislative session. State Sen. AJ Griffin, R-Guthrie, delivered the plaudits during a July 6 meeting of the Oklahoma School Choice Coalition. ... READ MORE

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