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OU Hires Ex-Senator as Lobbyist

December 20, 2016 - 2:56pm CST

Shortly following the December 1 meeting of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the OU Board of Regents met in Norman and voted to approve President David Boren’s appointment of former Oklahoma state Sen. Jonathan Nichols as vice president of governmental relations. “I’m recommending t... READ MORE

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Lawmakers Respond to Regents’ Budget Request

December 19, 2016 - 8:37am CST

(From left to right: Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Tulsa; State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones; Rep. David Brumbaugh, R-Tulsa) On December 1, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education voted to seek $957.9 million for fiscal year 2018—an increase of 18.3 percent over the current year’s budget. Chan... READ MORE

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Coach’s Alleged Acts Raise Questions in Clinton

November 17, 2016 - 12:58pm CST

CLINTON—Phillip Koons has coached football in Oklahoma for more than 20 years. The majority of his time was spent at Tuttle High School where he led the Tigers to two state championships and produced a blue-chip quarterback named Jason White, who would later become a Heisman Trophy winner as an Ok... READ MORE

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Longtime Purchasing Executive Says Education System Is Fraught with Waste

November 4, 2016 - 11:14am CDT

By Jay Chilton, CIJ OKLAHOMA CITY—Alan Neitzel served for nearly 30 years at Rose State College before retiring in December of 2015 as the director of grants and contracts. During his time, Neitzel said he was witness to innumerable instances of fraud and waste at the college, sometimes by his own ... READ MORE

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Survey: Most Oklahomans See Educational Choice as a Moral Right

October 11, 2016 - 1:29pm CDT

Should parents be allowed to use the tax dollars intended for the education of their child to subsidize the cost of an education at a privately operated school? Most Oklahoma voters say yes, according to a new SoonerPoll Quarterly Poll, with regular church attenders and evangelicals expressing even ... READ MORE

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Some School Districts Resistant to Posting Credit Card Statements Online

September 29, 2016 - 1:33pm CDT

[Part four in a series] By Jay Chilton, CIJ One portion of an Oklahoma law dealing with financial disclosure requires local school districts to publish credit card statements online. And though some districts have expressed a willingness to comply with the law, other districts refuse to post the i... READ MORE

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School Districts Express Willingness to Comply with Law

August 31, 2016 - 12:46pm CDT

[Part three in a series] By Jay Chilton, CIJ Overwhelming majorities of public school websites reviewed by OCPA’s Center for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) during a recent analysis were out of compliance with the state’s School District Transparency Act.   Representatives of some districts sai... READ MORE

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In Districts with Recent Misconduct, Transparency Compliance Is Mixed

August 29, 2016 - 1:02pm CDT

[Part two in a series] By Jay Chilton, CIJ Most Oklahoma school districts are not in compliance with the statutory requirement to publish credit-card statements on the school district’s website—including some districts with recent high-profile instances of financial misconduct.   Swink Public ... READ MORE

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School Districts Fail to Comply With Transparency Law

August 23, 2016 - 3:05pm CDT

[Part one in a series] By Jay Chilton, CIJ One portion of an Oklahoma law dealing with financial disclosure requires Oklahoma school districts to publish district credit card statements for public review on the district’s website. Though some schools are in full compliance, a sampling of 10 percen... READ MORE

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OCPA Impact Challenges Gist of Boren Penny Tax, SQ 779 Supporters Respond

July 8, 2016 - 2:16pm CDT

By Jay Chilton, CIJ   OKLAHOMA CITY – OCPA Impact, an advocacy organization associated with the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, filed a challenge to the gist of State Question 779, commonly known as the Boren Penny Tax. What is a Gist? The “gist” is defined by Webster’s New Twentieth Centu... READ MORE

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