Oklahoma Education

Oklahoma Rolling Out Free, Optional In-School COVID Testing Program

The Oklahoma state departments of health and education are rolling out optional but free in-school testing to screen for COVID-19. Testing supplies are being covered by a federal grant. Deputy State Health Commissioner Keith Reed said as of last week, 40 of the state’s 500-plus districts had opted in, and kits are already being distributed, though he acknowledged school started a month ago.
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Some Oklahoma students steal school property in latest TikTok trend

EDMOND, Okla. — Parents, listen up. A new TikTok trend has made its way into Oklahoma schools as some students stole school property and posted it online. Several school districts from Norman to Edmond have confirmed it’s happening at their schools. Stolen soap dispensers, stolen mirrors and closed bathrooms —...

Oklahoma education agency under financial scrutiny

CADDO, Okla. (KTEN) — Its a first. An audit of the Oklahoma State Department of Education was requested by Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday. He said he wants to identify all the funds the department has received, and how they are being used. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister called the...

Malachi Nelson and Makai Lemon are lifelong friends, a dynamic duo on the field and Oklahoma commits

LOS ALAMITOS – Oklahoma commits Malachi Nelson and Makai Lemon have been playing football together since they were 7 years old. “This is my first real season,” said Nelson, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound junior quarterback at Los Alamitos High School, one of Oklahoma’s top commits in the Class of 2023. “Freshman year split time. Last year was all over the place with COVID.

Board votes to not accept CareerTech director's resignation

The Oklahoma State Board of Career and Technology Education voted Thursday to not accept Oklahoma CareerTech Director Marcie Mack’s resignation. Mack announced her intention to resign last week, telling staff it was “time for me to find opportunities closer to home.”. Mack submitted her formal resignation to the board, which...

Oklahoma districts can join in-school COVID-19 testing program, Health Department announces

Oklahoma school districts will be able to opt into a program to provide free, in-school COVID-19 testing, the state Health Department announced Thursday. The program launched this week in partnership with the state Department of Education and is funded through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deputy health commissioner Keith Reed said at a news conference.

OSUIT Connects to Oklahoma’s Research Network

This month, OSU Institute of Technology connected to the OneOklahoma Friction Free Network (OFFN), Oklahoma’s research network, through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant awarded to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and OneNet. OFFN is a 10 and 100 Gbps research network that provides higher education institutions with...
Woodward News

Health department, school report covid updates

Friday’s covid updates include 64 positive in Woodward County with 54 of those in Woodward, 1 in Sharon, 2 in Fort Supply and 4 in Mooreland, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Dewey County has 15, 9 in Ellis County and 4 in Harper County. Woodward Public School...
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Oklahoma Governor Seeks Audit of State Education Department

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 business controlled by the school’s two founders and its chief financial officer, Stitt said.

Where Oklahoma college towns land in cost of living list

OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — Oklahoma is sitting pretty when it comes to cost of living for college students. The coasts are the most expensive, which was expected, but even though college is a big expense, picking a place with lower cost of living could help college students keep debt down.
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Epic Charter Schools audit prompts investigative audit at OK Department of Education

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday formally requested that the State Auditor and Inspector’s Office conduct a first-of-its-kind investigative audit of the Oklahoma State Department of Education. The audit will have two primary objectives:. • Identify all revenue sources flowing into OSDE — including federal funds, state appropriations, taxes and fees...

Oklahoma public schools not subject to president’s vaccine mandate

Weatherford Superintendent Jill Henderson said Weatherford Public Schools, and all Oklahoma public schools, are not subject to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate put in place by President Joe Biden. This mandate requires all federal employees to be vaccinated. It also requires businesses with more than 100 employees to have those employees...