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Poverty & Economic Opportunity

Featured Report
July 25th, 2016
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[See our companion issue agenda for a better state budget here.] [Download this fact sheet as a pdf.] Even in times when the overall economy grows, many Oklahomans are left out of economic opportunity. Oklahoma’s relatively low unemployment rate has not changed our state’s high poverty rate. Oklahoma’s growing economy is accompanied by record-high food insecurity. Families are living in an  Continue Reading »

Recent Articles & Reports
August 22nd, 2016
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Late this summer, just as parents started to wonder precisely where they’d put that school supplies list, Tulsa Public Schools announced that all elementary schools in the district would serve free breakfast and lunch to all students in the coming school year. Tulsa is able to provide these meals using federal funding through the Community Eligibility Provision, or CEP.  This is great  Continue Reading »

August 18th, 2016
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Tara Grigson is an OK Policy intern. She is a psychology and Spanish major at the University of Tulsa and previously worked as a Mission Impact Intern at YWCA Tulsa. Oklahoma is nearly the worst in the nation for food insecurity: approximately 1 in 4 Oklahoma children do not have consistent access to nutritious food in their homes for any  Continue Reading »

August 11th, 2016
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There was a time when America’s working class was seen as the backbone of the economy with considerable political, economic, and moral authority. In recent decades, the working class has transformed as far more female and racially diverse workers have been employed by the restaurant, retail, health care, and other service industries. At the same time, this new working class  Continue Reading »