Oklahoma Department of Education embraces new donation practices
The state Board of Education recently approved a donation for hotel and convention space. The process is new after a state auditor found continued mismanagement of donations to the state Education Department.
For example, the board voted last week to accept a donation of about $5,000 from Magnuson Hotel and Meridian Convention Center for an education conference.
The donation process has been completely overhauled, Robison said. When donations are needed, the requests are posted on the agency website. People who want to help respond to the website, Robison said.
Under Garrett's administration, auditors found that donations often came from companies that received millions of dollars worth of no-bid state contracts. Some of the executives donated to Garrett's re-election campaigns, too. That's come to a stop under Barresi, Robison said.
“We no longer do sole-source contracts,” he said. “We put everything out to bid. We think that's a good safeguard against what might have been going on in the past. That sort of activity is not going on with the state Department of Education.”
News Photo Galleriesview all
- 15085Oklahoma weather: Crews work to clear storm damage in Oklahoma City as the state braces for severe weather Sunday.
- 9747OKC Thunder: Thunder trio praise fans before potential departures
- 6716Student shot dead during botched home invasion
- 5465Oklahoma Severe Storm Updates
- 5340OKC Thunder GM Sam Presti won't amnesty Kendrick Perkins
- 5237Oklahoma State football: Todd Monken thinks Wes Lunt should've stayed in Stillwater
- 5225Oklahoma medical examiner reports cause of deaths in Grand Lake boat crash