Grant offers Oklahoma educators extra cash for supplies
DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) — The Oklahoma State Department of Education has set aside $6 million for the second phase of its Classroom Learning and School Supplies Grant initiative, also known as CLASS 2.0.
Teachers often have to buy extra classroom materials with their own money.
"Even on their budget, they're limited on what they can actually spend out of their pocket, but of course they do that," said Tishomingo Public Schools Superintendent Bobby Waitman. "But this is something that allows them to get very creative in terms of what they want to try to provide for their children."
With this initiative, public and charter school teachers can apply for up to $800 to purchase whatever they may need — from posters, to books, and even science equipment.
"We had some teachers also who were able to come up with a plan and submit a request for some science experiment materials and so we're able to have some more elaborate-type science experiments," Waitman said.
Last year's initiative proved popular in the Durant Independent School District; 34 teachers received more than $30,000, and some are already planning this year's requests.
"This provides them with a way to get things that are specifically going to be used for the students in their classroom," said Durant ISD curriculum director Beth Bean. "It was a very beneficial program, and we're really excited that they are offering another round of that."
Applications open at 4 p.m. each day November 1-3, depending on the school's area code. More information on applications and eligibility can be found on the OSDE website.