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The Weekly Wonk: Reinvesting in justice-involved youth; protect mothers and babies by expanding Medicaid; & more

This week, we took another dive into the newest report by Open Justice Oklahoma (OJO) which details Oklahoma’s massive, decades-long declines in juvenile crime and arrests. [More...]

In The Know: What’s the best way to run a jail?; The good, the bad, and the puzzling in child maltreatment counts; Neglected park system will take years to upgrade

The good, the bad and the puzzling in child maltreatment counts; What’s the best way to run a jail; Corporation Commission approves deal to leave Oklahoma Gas & Electric rates unchanged for now; [More...]

In The Know: Hospital execs say bring federal funding to OK, Purdue bankruptcy won’t effect settlement, CLEET director resigns amid controversy

Current CLEET director resigned amid controversy from last law enforcement job; Hospital executives tell lawmakers they must bring nine-to-one Medicaid match to Oklahoma; Which DHS positions will see the largest pay raises?; [More...]

In The Know: Gov. Stitt makes first Supreme Court pick, Parole board to begin explaining denials, Schools seek new ways to reduce absenteeism

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. Click here to subscribe to In The Know and see past editions. New from OK… Read more [More...]

In The Know: Statewide prison lockdown remains following altercations at six facilities, Pardon and Parole Board discusses implementation of new criminal justice reform, Lack of residency positions driving new doctors outside state

The physician shortage: Lack of residency positions driving new doctors outside state; Pardon and Parole Board discusses implementation of new criminal justice reform; Applications being accepted for jail administrator position in Oklahoma County; [More...]

In The Know: Oklahoma AG hires Michigan law firm to aid state in gaming talks, Study finds 64% of Tulsa-area students lacked access to high-performing public schools, Higher education chancellor announces retirement

Oklahoma AG hires Michigan law firm to aid state in gaming talks; Study finds 64% of Tulsa-area students lacked access to high-performing public schools in 2017-18; Higher education chancellor announces retirement; Hofmeister calls for greater student access to high-quality computer science; [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: Juvenile crime and incarceration plummets; Oklahoma’s budget challenges; & more

This week, we released a new report by Open Justice Oklahoma which found that while juvenile crime and incarceration rates have fallen dramatically, deep racial and local disparities remain. [More...]

In The Know: Stitt names new commissioner of health, Many Oklahoma DHS employees to receive 13% pay raises, OK Attorney General warns against at-home rape kits

Year-end revenue reports show the way to keep moving Oklahoma forward; ‘Special interests will howl’: Stitt names new commissioner of health; Many Oklahoma DHS employees to receive 13% pay raises; Oklahoma Attorney General warns against at-home rape kits; [More...]

In The Know: Lawmakers examine charter school funding and oversight policies, Hofmeister testifies on Capitol Hill about challenges of student trauma, Oklahoma hospital has a new system to reduce C-sections:

Oklahoma’s juvenile crime and incarceration rates plummet, but we must address deep racial disparities; Lawmakers examine charter school funding and oversight policies; Funding inequity: Forum highlights disparities in school spending; Hofmeister testifies on Capitol Hill about challenges of student trauma; [More...]

In The Know: Oklahoma sees increase in number of uninsured, Legislature considers whether to put the teeth back into HB 1017, State general revenue hits target in August despite gross production tax slide

For 2nd straight year, Oklahoma sees increase in number of uninsured; Legislature considers whether to put the teeth back into HB 1017; Speaker McCall appoints Rep. Baker to serve on national education policy organization; State general revenue hits target in August despite gross production tax slide; [More...]