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In The Know: Mask mandates expiring, but Oklahoma is not out of the woods yet | State Ed. Dept. fines Epic $10.5 million | More

With its mask mandate expiring this month, Tulsa is inching toward normalcy. But we're not there yet, officials say; Epic Charter Schools slapped with new $10.5 million penalty by state Education Department: Oklahoma City civic group seeks answers about $4.5 billion in storm-related fuel costs. [More...]

In The Know: Medicaid expansion applications open June 1 | Some Epic finances to become public | State EITC supports working families

Enrollment for Oklahoma's Medicaid expansion begins June 1; Epic to make some finances public; Oklahoma prisons ahead in vaccinations but advocates say earlier access could have saved lives; "A Day without Taxes"; State EITC supports working families [More...]

In The Know: Oklahoma pauses J&J vaccine | Chickasaw Nation: Gov. exaggerating McGirt claims | Health Dept. sues over pandemic purchase

Oklahoma health officials pause distribution of J&J vaccine; Oklahoma Health Department sues over COVID pandemic purchase; Medicaid Expansion causing confusion in Oklahoma; [More...]

In The Know: Report outlines state’s infrastructure needs | Limiting storm-related utility bill increases | Tribes bringing vaccines to underserved areas

How Oklahoma’s securitization plan intends to limit storm-related utility bills; Tribal mobile health units take COVID-19 vaccinations to underserved rural areas; U.S. COVID cases march higher, hospitalizations up for second week in a row; [More...]

In The Know: Lawmakers continue wrestling with education budget issues | Addressing Oklahoma County jail conditions | More

In The Know is your daily briefing on Oklahoma policy-related news. Inclusion of a story does not necessarily mean endorsement by the Oklahoma Policy Institute. Some stories included here are behind paywall or require subscription. OK Policy encourages the support… Read more [More...]

In The Know: House committee advances challenge to managed care | Vaccines open to all states | Asking better questions

Gov. Stitt criticizes House Public Health Committee’s challenge to his Medicaid privatization effort; Oklahoma opens COVID-19 vaccinations to all states; T.W. Shannon concerned ‘political pressure’ may be delaying tribal highway projects; [More...]

In The Know: Schools band together against charter school funding proposal | HB2041 is costly, poorly targeted tax cut | More

Oklahoma public school districts band together to fight charter school funding equalization; Legislation to negate state school board decision would send medical marijuana money to some charter schools; Oklahoma will see a jump in COVID-19 cases and deaths reported Wednesday — here's why; [More...]

In The Know: More charter school funding fallout | Lawmakers scrap changes to OHLAP | Earthquake settlement

Charter school funding fallout: Sand Springs, Lawton, Yukon among first districts to consider additional legal action to oppose settlement deal; Lawmakers scrap controversial clawback provision in Oklahoma's Promise bill; Coronavirus in Oklahoma: The Latest; [More...]

In The Know: Some seek tax exemptions due to McGirt decision | Charter school funding settlement challenged | 25% of Oklahomans vaccinate

In The Know is your daily briefing on Oklahoma policy-related news. Inclusion of a story does not necessarily mean endorsement by the Oklahoma Policy Institute. Some stories included here are behind paywall or require subscription. OK Policy encourages the support… Read more [More...]

In The Know: Gov. signs education funding change | Legal challenge for charter school funding | Legislative transparency needed

Gov. Kevin Stitt signs controversial education funding change; First legal challenge to charter school funding move by State Board of Education is filed; Oklahoma County jail officials blame short staffing, poor infrastructure after inmate killed; [More...]