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Large school districts have less despite spending more

Elizabeth Sims

April 12, 2018

By Elizabeth Sims and Luke Schumacher, [UNFILTERED] reporters Graphics by Elizabeth Sims   A map of the instructional expenditures per student by district. Click here for full-screen map.   School districts in the metropolitan areas of Oklahoma – specifically, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Moore and Edmond – have the highest total instructional expenditures but spend far less per...

Oklahoma teacher walkout kindles action in Arizona

Josie Logsdon

April 12, 2018

Teachers in Arizona have used the Oklahoma teacher walkout to plan their own strategy to advocate for higher education funding. Teachers in Oklahoma have rallied at the state capitol since April 2 for education funding. They gained support from around the country, especially in states like Arizona...

Small town superintendent against consolidating school districts

Taitum Wilson

April 12, 2018

The long-debated question of consolidating smaller school districts in Oklahoma to help the education budget has reappeared in the wake of the statewide teacher walkout. A bill that would have consolidated smaller school districts died 11-1 in a Senate committee in February. There are 520 school...

One OK teacher walkout is worth two in the brush for art education

Brigette Waltermire

April 12, 2018

Every year, “Oklahoma Arts Day” is held at the Oklahoma State Capitol on a day designated by Oklahomans for the Arts (OFTA). This year, it just so happened to be during the Oklahoma teacher walkout. The typical art day model for OFTA was “not practical.” The OFTA partnered with Oklahoma A+ Schools,...

Education students at OU walk out with teachers

Meridith Mulkey

April 11, 2018

Future teachers have been standing alongside those at the walkout to make a difference in the lives of their future students. Anna Smith, a senior at the University of Oklahoma who is majoring in elementary education, has been at the Capitol every day of the walkout except one. Smith is in her last...

OKCPS opens gymnasium for Oklahoma educators to stay in during Capitol walkout

Caitlyn Epes

April 10, 2018

To show support for the Oklahoma teacher walkout, Oklahoma City Public Schools invited educators from across the state to spend the night in the Capitol Hill High School Fieldhouse. Volunteers from various organizations and donations from the community allowed OKCPS to host a cookout on the front l...

Small districts in Oklahoma feel effects of teacher walkout

Kayla McCullough

April 10, 2018

The Oklahoma teacher walkout has come to a close, and now schools are feeling effects of missing class. For some smaller school districts, like Geronimo Public Schools, the need to make up school hours has had a tangible impact on teachers and students. Bill Pascoe, the principal of Geronimo High School,...

Group of OK teachers split with OEA, push for income tax reform

From left to right, Norman teachers Darcy Pippins, Kathy Wilson, Dawn Brockman and Stephania Abell meet to discuss their walkout strategy for the week on Sunday. The teachers, led by Brockman, decided to push for income tax reform bill HB3113.

Jordan D'Silva

April 10, 2018

Some teachers have split with the Oklahoma Education Association, pushing for income tax reform instead of removing the tax exemption on capital gains. This comes after House Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols expressed doubt in the capital gains tax, saying the tax was traded for votes to raise the...

Oklahoma public, private educators support teacher walkout

Fifth-grade teacher Melissa Nelson prepares lessons for her class at Oklahoma Christian School, a private school, in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Chelsea Horn

April 9, 2018

Private and preparatory schools across Oklahoma are standing with public school teachers as they their fight for better education funding. While the private schools of Oklahoma are not state funded, many educators stand with their fellow teachers and believe their fight should not end until their requests...

Oklahoma looking to call in more gambling revenue for education fund pot

Tyler Hall

April 8, 2018

As the teacher walkout intensified over the past week, the methods Oklahoma uses to obtain education funding came under extreme scrutiny.   Many took to social media to share their confusion, outrage and – most importantly – find answers. Sonya Nevaquaya, former tribal leader and casino compliance off...

OK teacher walkout encourages students to register to vote

James Edmondson and Grant Hale encourage protestors to registor to vote outside of the Oklahoma State Capitol on April 6. Both have been at the Capitol all week and have felt encouraged by the number of young Oklahomans that have registered.

Harrison Lofton

April 7, 2018

The teacher walkout has led Oklahoma students to register to vote this week at the Capitol in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma public school students have been upset at the low funding given to their schools by the current state legislature, and some wanted to make an impact in upcoming elections. “With...

Students voice concerns through letters to their representatives

Adam Seibel

April 6, 2018

Several students from Beggs Elementary in Beggs, Oklahoma, voiced their concerns about education funding though letters aimed at their legislators. “We kids have voices, so here’s what I’m going to say: 'We get treated poorly, and we don’t want to lose our best teachers,'” wrote one student,...

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