Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Okmulgee County mom says 12-year-old son shot and killed himself after being bullied

Just a heartbreaking story from FOX 23.

Empower families with direct funding

"As a policy, tax credits are not a new idea," the organization called "yes. every kid." reminds us. "The federal Child Tax Credit, for instance, is broadly popular across the nation, and about one-third of families use it on education expenses today. Oklahoma’s experience further shows us that families are ready and able to craft their kids’ educational journey."

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Oklahoma public-safety commissioner discusses 'credible tips' of 'a potential school shooting threat'

“ProtectOK was created as a simple, free, and anonymous way for people to bring threats forward to law enforcement, because we know that these incidents don’t arise out of nowhere,” Tim Tipton, Commissioner of Public Safety for Oklahoma, said in The Purcell Register. “In just a few weeks, we’ve seen dozens of credible and legitimate tips come through this line, some of which were about a potential school shooting threat.”

Mannsville superintendent arrested

"The Mannsville Public Schools superintendent was arrested on school grounds on Tuesday," KXII reports. "Johnston County Sheriff Gary Dodd told News 12 that Brandi Price-Kelty, 42, was taken into custody, accused of being intoxicated at the school."

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

OSSM teachers allowed to retire

"Two teachers under investigation for inappropriate behavior with students will retire from the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, a state-funded high school for academically advanced juniors and seniors," Oklahoma Watch reports. The two teachers "have been on administrative leave since September, following an Oklahoma Watch investigation into more than a decade of sexual harassment complaints at the school. Both have denied wrongdoing."

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Kingfisher taxpayers to cover most of $5 million hazing lawsuit settlement

"An Oklahoma school board has agreed to pay $5 million to settle a hazing lawsuit with the family of a former high school football player, and the large majority will be paid for with taxpayers’ money," Campus Safety reports.

Sunday, December 3, 2023

With (or without) the shekels come the shackles

States already regulate private schools. They do so whether or not a state has a private-school choice program. The Council on American Private Education (CAPE) reported on Nov. 30:

The New York Board of Regents has proposed a rule that would subject religious and independent schools to “all statutory provisions, Rules of the Regents, and Regulations of the Commissioner.” The proposal would also give the State Education Department the authority to order the closure of any elementary or high school that it finds not in compliance with all statutory provisions, rules, and regulations of the commissioner. Private school advocates in New York, led by the state CAPE, have pushed back, arguing that the rule would fundamentally transform the relationship between private schools and the state. 

New York does not have a private-school choice program. 

State governments can try to pile on regulations whether or not school-choice programs are involved.