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Today you should know that groups representing public school teachers, firefighters and prison workers are forming a coalition to resist dramatic changes to state worker pensions. Oklahoma’s reluctance to enforce coal mining regulations could lead to a federal intervention. The Oklahoma editorial board praised efforts to provide some mental health treatment at the Midwest City jail.
The OK Policy Blog and David Blatt’s Journal Record column explained why Oklahoma’s new third-grade reading law could block a huge number of special ed student from advancing to fourth grade. Senate Appropriations Chairman Sen. Clark Jolley and Senate Education Chairman Sen. John Ford responded that it was not their intent to hinder the progress of students with learning disabilities.
The Oklahoma Gazette examined the relationship between poverty and student performance in Oklahoma. The OK Policy Blog previously discussed what research has found about how poverty affects schools. Kurt Hochenauer wrote that we shouldn’t forget Oklahoma’s A-F grading system follows huge cuts to education funding by the state.
Superintendent Barresi promised that Oklahoma students will be given “tryout” questions instead of full field tests as the state prepares for Common Core. KJRH reported that Oklahoma’s new school safety law is confusing to districts and has no mechanism of enforcement.
The Number of the Day is the value of food and agricultural exports shipped through Oklahoma’s Port of Catoosa. In today’s Policy Note, a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families shows that the uninsured rate for American children continues to fall because states are working with the federal government to provide coverage.
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