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U.S. high school graduation rate reaches new high while Oklahoma rate declines: The U.S. high school graduation rate reached a record high of 83.2 percent last school year, rising from 79 percent four years earlier, the White House announced Monday. In Oklahoma, Tulsa Public Schools has been bucking a statewide trend of declining graduation rates. While the national rate has risen annually over the past several years, Oklahoma’s rate has dipped each year since the 2012-13 school year — the earliest year with state data available since all the states began using a consistent, four-year adjusted measure of high school completion, according to the White House release [Tulsa World].
One-time stipends approved for Oklahoma corrections workers: Thousands of Oklahoma corrections employees could be getting one-time stipends of nearly $1,800 as soon as next month. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections approved the payments at its monthly meeting Tuesday. The money will come from the $10-plus million the agency received in September after a state revenue failure earlier this year. Under the adopted plan, each employee who has been with the agency for at least six months will receive $1,750 [NewsOK].
Audit critical of Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel: A special investigative audit of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office found repeated examples of financial wrongdoing and actions taken without approval of county commissioners. State Auditor Gary Jones released the 32-page report Tuesday morning. The audit specifically criticizes Sheriff John Whetsel, saying his decision not to pay the jail’s medical bills for months in 2015 could cost county property owners $3.3 million [NewsOK].