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Speaking to a Senate Appropriations Committee, Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton told committee members that it would take nearly 900 additional corrections officers to fully staff state prisons. Patton said that while state prisons are staffed at 67 percent, the prisons are operating at 116 percent capacity, creating security concerns. State Superintendent of Schools Joy Hofmeister said that it’s important for the state to be transparent accountable about results in the classroom, but suggested that the current A-F report card system is an “unreliable measure,” and said that the state could develop its own system to measure school performance.
The Tulsa World’s Editorial Board praised legislators for committing to fund the Pinnacle Plan despite the state’s budget crisis. Writing in his Journal Record column, Executive Director David Blatt made the case for a higher minimum wage in Oklahoma. The OK Policy Blog shared a plan for boosting education funding, modeled on a system that allocates tax revenues for the upkeep of state highways and bridges.
The Senate passed two bills scrutinizing the effectiveness of tax credits, and a Senate panel passed a measure that could lead to the end of end-of-instruction exams. The House approved a measure to legalize switchblades but passed on ones that would have created a new toll collection system and would have required candidates for governor and lieutenant governor to run jointly. A House resolution that would have allowed Oklahoma wineries to ship wine to visitors is on hold, and the House declined to pass an amendment that would have given retired firefighters a cost-of-living pension increase.
KGOU spoke to Oklahoma AP history teachers about how the course is taught in the state. Surplus Vision 2025 tax collections will be used to fund park improvements in Sand Springs, building updates in Collinsville, and a new water tower in Glenpool, according to the Tulsa County Vision Authority. The Number of the Day is the percentage of Oklahomans age 18-64 who receive Social Security disability assistance. In today’s Policy Note, PBS examines how bitterly cold temperatures push some Americans toward the poverty line.
continue reading In The Know: 857 corrections officers needed, says Department of Corrections Director Patton