Family & Community

Stitt announces restaurant, bar restrictions

Restaurants and bars will operate under new restrictions announced by Gov. Kevin Stitt as part of an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.

Ray Carter
November 16, 2020
Health Care

As expansion approaches, structural Medicaid reform is needed

Due to the narrow passage of State Question 802 earlier this year, Oklahoma will expand its Medicaid program eligibility to certain able-bodied adults beginning next July.

Kaitlyn Finley
November 16, 2020
Budget & Tax, Higher Education

Higher education’s budget request unrealistic

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recently released their budget request for the upcoming fiscal year starting on July 1. That request looks to increase the budget for higher education by 11.5 percent, a nearly $90 million increase.

Curtis Shelton
November 16, 2020
Education, Good Government

Epic Charter given time to address alleged deficiencies

In an all-day meeting that ran into the evening hours, the State Board of Education opted not to downgrade Epic Charter School’s accreditation status in response to alleged deficiencies. Board officials noted other schools have been given time to address concerns before facing potential probation and said Epic should not be treated any differently.


Ray Carter
November 13, 2020
Education

Christian school remains barred from state program

The State Board of Education has shelved the request of a Christian school to participate in a program for children with special needs and instead requested an official opinion from the state attorney general.

Ray Carter
November 12, 2020
Health Care

Medicaid spending, enrollment escalated during shutdowns

Due to economic fallout from the coronavirus beginning in March, Medicaid enrollment spiked nationally by 4 million.

Kaitlyn Finley
November 11, 2020
Education, Family & Community

Some Oklahoma officials echo Biden on statewide mask mandate

Following the lead of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, some state officials are demanding that Oklahoma institute a statewide mask mandate—including for school children.

Ray Carter
November 10, 2020
Education

‘Action civics’ teaches Oklahoma students to protest

Here in Oklahoma, action civics is promoted by an organization called Generation Citizen and by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Mike Brake
November 10, 2020
Budget & Tax

State pensions lose ground after unfunded mandate

Legislators’ decision to pass an unfunded cost-of-living adjustment that boosted payments to retired state government workers has left state pension systems paying out money faster than it comes in.

Ray Carter
November 10, 2020