The Weekly Wonk: October 19, 2012

What’s up this week at Oklahoma Policy Institute? The Weekly Wonk is dedicated to this week’s events, publications, and blog posts.

This week, Oklahoma Policy Institute released our annual guide to state-level poverty statistics, a concise two-page fact sheet highlighting poverty in Oklahoma by age, sex, race, education, work status and family status.  The OK Policy Blog found common education’s slice of the appropriations’ pie is shrinking

David Blatt’s Journal Record column discussed the state questions on the ballot in November.  Our analysis of SQ 766 was covered in the Pryor Daily Times.  We launched our new website this week!  We appreciate your patience with dead pages and links while we work out any remaining kinks.  


Click here for OK Policy’s 2012 State Questions page.



Policy Notes

Numbers of the Day

  • 65.9 percent – Percentage year-to-date increase in residential building permitting in Oklahoma, compared with 2011
  • 21 – Number of counties where at least 1 in 5 residents age 25 and older does not have a high school diploma, 2010
  • 271 – Number of immigrant refugees who settled in Oklahoma in 2011, one half of one percent of all the immigrant refugees granted resettlement in the U.S. last year
  • 122% – Percentage increase in the average time served in prison for a drug crime in Oklahoma between 1990 and 2009
  • 102,659 – Number of children in gifted and talented education programs in Oklahoma’s public schools, 15.4 percent of students in 2012


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