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Don’t Sweat Kevin Durant’s Departure. You’re Doing Fine, Oklahoma City! It would have been easy for fans who have thronged Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena over the past half-decade to forget they were rooting for laundry. The way they talk about ex-Thunder forward Kevin Durant in OKC, you’d think he were George Bailey in Nikes. Durant lives downtown, hangs out downtown, owns a restaurant downtown. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin offered him a cabinet post last month [Slate].
College funding cuts hurting Oklahoma’s future, officials say: Higher education officials say misinformation fueled the historic funding cuts that will hurt both students and the future of Oklahoma. Funding to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education was reduced nearly 16 percent for fiscal year 2017. That followed a series of cuts the previous year. “Over two years we’ve lost $265 million out of the higher education system, and we have more kids in school than we’ve ever had, we’re graduating more than we ever have,” said Regent Jay Helm, of Tulsa [NewsOK]. Oklahoma has cut funding to colleges by 21.7% since 2008 when adjusted for inflation [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities].
School choice efforts could be decided in Oklahoma elections: Oklahoma’s expansion of school choice policies, such as education savings accounts (ESA’s), could be impacted by the results of this year’s legislative elections, especially in races that include one of the dozens of public education candidates. A wave of candidates with ties to public education, including current or former teachers, have put teacher pay and school funding at the center of their campaigns, including Mike Mason, the Mustang teacher who challenged Sen. Kyle Loveless in the winner-take-all Republican primary in Senate District 45 [NewsOK].
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