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In The Know: Why cost-cutting states are turning more friendly to teachers

Suddenly, cost-cutting states turn friendly to teachers. Five things to know about the teacher shortage. Oklahoma Legislature to resume regular workload. Effort underway to release non-violent offenders. [More...]

In The Know: Oklahoma parents choose public schools; time may be ripe for criminal justice reform; lawsuit alleges debtors’ prison…

'There's a very different environment in the Legislature now': Time may be ripe for criminal justice reform. Lawsuit alleges Washington County judges, indigent defense system effectively ran debtors' prison. Staff exodus only latest problem for jail, sheriff’s office in Nowata County. Oklahoma County sheriff upset with county commisioner over jail criticism. [More...]

In The Know: Chance to expand access to care; appropriations chair shoots down OMES supplemental; legislators to study retiree COLA…

Senate appropriations chairman shoots down supplemental request for Office of Management and Enterprise Services. Legislators to study cost of living adjustments for Oklahoma state retirees. Bill in state senate would make bail more affordable. 11 inmates flagged for "issues" during jail count. [More...]

In The Know: OKC woman jailed by mistake two weeks; hearing to reopen jail ends in confusion; agencies face deadline to report lobbyists…

Oklahoma City woman jailed by mistake two weeks. Hearing to get Nowata County jail reopened ends in confusion over judge's actions. Former Health Department attorney files lawsuit against Unity Bill. Do you hire lobbyists? Agencies face deadline from Stitt. [More...]

In The Know: Thousands more students held back than originally reported; health agency shakeups continue; Stitt cabinet lacks diversity…

Thousands more students held back than originally reported. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt appoints members to three state agency boards. Oklahoma health agency shakeups continue. Stitt cabinet lacks diversity. [More...]

In The Know: Charter schools and school reform; more urban justices; federal mental health funding…

Epic Charter Schools, school reform and funding needs on the minds of Republicans. Proposed Supreme Court district changes could mean more urban justices. Oklahoma officials hope for quick reauthorization of Federal Mental Health Act. Oklahoma Ethics Commission agrees to increase political donation cap. [More...]

In The Know: GOP leaders seek ‘objective data,’ new budget office; Stitt signs Unity Bill regulating Oklahoma medical marijuana industry; Bill to teach ‘consent’ fails, sexual assault reported between House pages

GOP leaders seek 'objective data,' new budget office. Stitt signs Unity Bill regulating Oklahoma medical marijuana industry. Bill to teach 'consent' fails, sexual assault reported between House pages. Senate OKs plan to push school districts to 5-day weeks. [More...]

In The Know: Pardon and Parole Board grants swift parole under new law; Agency reforms signed, board members up in air; Transparency requirements for virtual charters advance

Pardon and Parole Board grants swift parole under new law. 'Local option' Medicaid expansion OK'd by Oklahoma House of Representatives. Agency reforms signed, board members up in air. With lawsuit pending, Stitt nominee for Veterans Secretary withdraws nomination. [More...]

In The Know: Reform bills that pass Oklahoma House would give Gov. Stitt authority to hire and fire heads of state agencies; House passes $1,000 tax credit for teachers who purchase classroom supplies out of pocket; Study seeks to counter argument against resentencing Oklahoma drug crimes

Restoring the Earned Income Tax Credit is a must this session. Study seeks to counter argument against resentencing Oklahoma drug crimes. Strong income, gross production tax receipts boost state's general revenue. Reform bills that pass Oklahoma House would give Gov. Stitt authority to hire and fire heads of state agencies. [More...]

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