Education

Schools face new expenses, increased funding, from COVID

Oklahoma schools face unexpected costs due to COVID-19. But they are also benefiting from substantial one-time funding due to the pandemic.

Ray Carter
July 31, 2020
Education

Stitt endorses in-person schooling

Voicing strong support for in-person instruction in Oklahoma schools, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Thursday that federal funds will pay the cost of masks, shields, gloves, and gowns at districts across the state, and that all teachers will be tested for COVID-19 each month.

Ray Carter
July 30, 2020
Economy

Unemployment fraud still rampant in Oklahoma?

During the spring COVID-19 shutdown, Oklahoma officials were swamped with fraudulent unemployment claims.

Ray Carter
July 30, 2020
Budget & Tax

Judge rules little-known commission renewed gaming compacts

A federal judge has ruled state-tribal gaming compacts auto-renewed for 15 years due to the actions of a little-known state commission dominated by appointees of former Gov. Mary Fallin.

Ray Carter
July 28, 2020
Law & Principles

Trump directive on illegal aliens could benefit Oklahoma

Oklahoma could be “on the cusp” of regaining the sixth congressional seat it lost after the 2000 Census.

Mike Brake
July 28, 2020
Budget & Tax

State has ‘significant work’ ahead on gaming compacts

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has struck down casino gaming compacts negotiated by Gov. Kevin Stitt with two tribes, ruling the governor exceeded his authority by including sports betting in the compact agreements.

Ray Carter
July 24, 2020
Family & Community

Mayors support slavery reparations commission

The U.S. Conference of Mayors executive committee recently passed a resolution supporting the establishment of a federal commission “to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery.”

Ray Carter , Mike Brake
July 24, 2020
Education

School’s response to student abuse raises questions

Officials from the Oologah-Talala Public Schools, recently rebuked by the State Board of Education for failing to take seriously repeated accusations of sexual misconduct by teachers, provided an update to state board members during the group’s Thursday meeting.

Ray Carter
July 23, 2020
Education

No statewide COVID mandates for schools

Members of the Oklahoma State Board of Education voted to approve a set of statewide recommendations to aid schools in developing responses to local COVID-19 infection rates, but declined to impose those recommendations as new state mandates.

Ray Carter
July 23, 2020