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Caroline Halter / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Indigenous-focused Sovereign Community School in Oklahoma City is facing termination over its finances.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel and former House Speaker Kris Steele about Governor Stitt's restrictions on bars and restaurants and mask requirement for state employees and in state buildings to curb the spread of COVID-19 as well as Stitt's firing the president of the Virtual Charter School Board as he was investigating Epic Virtual Charter School.

Caroline Halter / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma City based Sovereign Community School was placed on probation last week. The Indigenous-led charter school's downgrade comes amidst financial struggles and missed reporting deadlines.

Robby Korth / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s State Board of Education again passed a motion further encouraging but not requiring school districts to mandate masks in their classrooms.

Key priorities

Joe Biden

  • Make public colleges, historically Black colleges and universities, and minority-serving institutions tuition-free for families making less than $125,000.
  • Make two years of community college and training programs tuition-free.
  • Cancel $10,000 of every American's student debt and revise the current loan repayment system.
  • Establish universal prekindergarten.

  This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about a fight between the Oklahoma County Commissioners and the Oklahoma County Jail Trust over immigrations officers in the jail, the State Auditor releases a "deeply concerning" investigation of EPIC Virtual Charter School and the EPA gives Governor Stitt authority over environmental issues on tribal lands.

 

Epic virtual charter schools management company has been fined $500,000 for its now dismissed defamation lawsuit against Senator Ron Sharp.

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Enrollment in Oklahoma's statewide virtual charter schools has almost doubled compared to last year.

Epic Charter Schools has become the largest district in Oklahoma.

Uncertainty related to COVID-19 and what school could look like has families flocking to the statewide charter school that specializes in virtual instruction.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a law Monday that reforms virtual charter school rules.

House Bill 2905, authored by Tulsa Republican Sheila Dills, will increase virtual charter school transparency and tweak policies lawmakers found problematic.

Virtual charters will be required to host orientations, increase required participation and limit the number of times students can transfer.

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