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Oklahoma governor seeks audit of state education department

Sep. 16, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said Thursday that he has requested an audit of the state Department of Education. The request came after an audit last year of Epic Charter Schools revealed that tens of millions of dollars were diverted into a for-profit...

State mask bans face federal civil rights inquiries

Aug. 30, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

The Education Department on Monday opened civil rights investigations into five Republican-led states that have banned or limited mask requirements in schools, saying the policies could amount to discrimination against students with disabilities or health conditions. The...

Oklahoma governor criticizes school, Biden over masking

Aug. 20, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is criticizing both a northeast Oklahoma school district that adopted a mask mandate and President Joe Biden over comments that the state’s school mask mandate ban may violate a coronavirus aid package for schools. The...

Oklahoma school mask ban law is under federal scrutiny

Aug. 19, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s school districts should have “the autonomy” to enact mask requirements, which are banned by state law, according to the state's superintendent of schools. “School districts deserve the autonomy to enact policies that protect our...

The Latest: 4 tiny Georgia districts close in-person classes

Aug. 11, 2021 22:08 PM EDT

ATLANTA — Four tiny Georgia public school districts have temporarily shut down in-person instruction within days of starting school, saying high COVID-19 case counts among students and staff makes it unsafe to continue. Other districts have closed individual schools or...

Oklahoma City public charter school plans to defy mask ban

Aug. 11, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The superintendent of a public charter school in Oklahoma City said Wednesday that students and staff must begin wearing masks indoors, defying a new state law that prohibits such a mandate. Superintendent Chris Brewster at Santa Fe South Schools, a...

Oklahoma school leader, governor to talk emergency order

Aug. 10, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s public schools superintendent said Tuesday that she will meet this week with Gov. Kevin Stitt to discuss whether he will issue an emergency order, because of rising coronavirus cases, which would allow school districts to require masking. ...

Troubled Oklahoma school defies state education department

Jul. 16, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Board members of a southwest Oklahoma City school district have defied the state Board of Education and hired an interim superintendent. The Western Heights school board voted 3-1 Thursday to name assistant Superintendent Kim Race interim...

Stitt's education secretary latest to run for superintendent

Jul. 12, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s Secretary of Education Ryan Walters announced Monday that he would run for next year's Republican nomination for state superintendent of public instruction. Walters, who was appointed by Stitt in 2020, is a former...

Shawnee superintendent announces plan to run for state post

Jul. 06, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The superintendent of Shawnee Public Schools announced Tuesday she plans to seek the Republican nomination for Oklahoma state superintendent in 2022. April Grace is a longtime educator who has been superintendent in Shawnee since 2016. In a press...