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This week on the OK Policy Blog, we examined a new teacher rating system the state may adopt that evaluates teachers using a “value-added model” based on student test scores. We explained how a House bill could threaten Oklahoma’s Promise, an early commitment financial aid program that covers tuition for low-income students.
In his Journal Record column, Executive Director David Blatt points out that a growing state share of Medicaid costs is due a strong state economy, not federal cost-shifting or broken promises. He’s written more about the topic here. Blatt will present “The Good, the Bad, and the Crazy” at Up With Trees’ May meeting on Wednesday, May 6th. An op-ed in the Tulsa World cited OK Policy data while arguing in favor of smarter, more efficient criminal justice reform.
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