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Today In The News
Why Obama’s Clean Power Plan could mean opportunity for some industries in Oklahoma: President Obama’s Clean Power Plan enraged many top officials in Oklahoma, who argued the rules were an expensive, unnecessary overreach by the federal government. But the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could create opportunities in Oklahoma, researchers and officials say [StateImpact Oklahoma]. In fact, such projects are already in place or in the process of being implemented [OK Policy].
For special-needs students, a ration of corporal punishment: At dozens of Oklahoma schools, special-needs students received corporal punishment – generally paddling – at much higher rates than their peers. Proponents of the practice say it is needed to ensure order in the classroom. Opponents say paddling has no long-term benefit and can traumatize students, especially special-needs children, who have conditions such as hyperactive attention deficit disorder or learning disabilities [Oklahoma Watch].
Join us for the Fall Policy Institute! Do you want a better understanding of the issues and challenges facing Oklahoma and how you can have a greater impact on policy decisions? If so, you’ll want to attend the 1st OK Policy Fall Policy Boot Camp (FallPol) on October 3rd, 2015 at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond [OK Policy].