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Today In The News
New academic standards clear hurdles at state board of education, higher education regents: The Oklahoma State Board of Education on Thursday unanimously approved proposed new academic standards in English and mathematics. In a separate but simultaneous meeting, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education certified the standards as adequate for preparing students for college and careers. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said she will next deliver them to a joint session of both houses of the Legislature in a presentation Monday morning [Tulsa World].
Oklahoma Resists Push for Enrollment in Affordable Care Act Coverage: A resolute band of insurance counselors, undeterred by the politics of health care in this staunchly conservative state, is increasing its efforts to find people who are uninsured and enroll them in coverage before the Affordable Care Act’s third annual open enrollment period ends on Sunday. But the push is facing Dust Bowl-force headwinds in one of the states most hostile to the health law – from some Oklahoma officials and residents who mistrust all things federal [The New York Times].
Oklahoma falls to 34th in nation for financial security: Nearly half (49 percent) of Oklahoma’s households are locked into a “new normal” of perpetual financial insecurity, unable to build the savings needed to last even three months in the event of an emergency, according to a new report from the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED). The research, reflected in CFED’s 2016 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, also found that state policies can do much more to improve the financial security of Oklahomans [OK Policy].
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