Education Issues
10:00 am
Mon August 3, 2015

Superintendent Hofmeister Talks Teacher Shortage and No Child Left Behind

Superintendent of Public Instruction, Joy Hofmeister.
Credit KGOU News

Education reporter, Emily Wendler, spoke with the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Joy Hofmeister, about some of the more pressing issues in Oklahoma education. 

At the top of the list was the teacher shortage, the new academic standards, and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in Washington. 

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Headlines
8:38 am
Mon August 3, 2015

Headlines: OKC School Vacancies, Baboon Review & Gas Prices

Headlines for Monday, August 3, 2015:

  • Records show a Tulsa reserve deputy failed to get adequate training before going out on patrols. (Tulsa World)

  • Oklahoma City Public School recruiters are working to reduce vacancies. (NewsOK)

  • Privatization for the Tulsa County jail gets delayed indefinitely. (Tulsa World)

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Station News
5:02 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

UPDATE: Tulsa 107.5 FM Signal Outage

A burned portion of the cabling on the 107.5 FM tower in Ketchum.

UPDATE (July 31 at 4:02 p.m.): We have learned that our shipment should arrive on Tuesday. At that time, the technicians will begin installing the new cable, as well as taking down and rebuilding the tower. We're hoping to be back on-air at 107.5 FM by the following weekend. Thank you again for your patience.

UPDATE (July 27 at 4:18 p.m.): Our 107.5 FM tower has suffered a catastrophic electrical fire. The coax cables that run to (and up) the tower have been destroyed. This special size of coax cable is not readily available and will take 4 to 5 days to ship, followed by several days of installation and repair. We're looking at two weeks at the earliest before we're back on-air at 107.5 FM and early estimates are that this will cost KOSU upwards of $20,000 in total.

We have set up a special donation page for listeners wishing to specifically support this expense here.

Thank you again for your patience.

UPDATE (July 24 at 2:10 p.m.): Our engineers are ordering the parts necessary to repair the tower. We don't yet have an estimated time for the signal to be back live. When we do, we will update this post. Thank you for your patience.

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties in the Tulsa, northeast Oklahoma, and surrounding listening area. If you tune in to 107.5 FM or 107.3 FM, then you will probably notice radio silence.

Our engineers are on the scene with specialized technicians, working to get the issue resolved and programming back on the air.

This is an evolving situation, so we will keep you posted on all that transpires. In the meantime, you can listen to our streaming service here on kosu.org or on iTunes Radio.

Thank you for being patient and for your support of KOSU.

NPR Ed
9:03 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Measuring The Power Of A Prison Education

White House staff walk into the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:15 am

The Obama administration Friday is taking a small step toward expanding adult prisoners' access to federal Pell grants. The money would help pay for college-level classes behind bars.

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Headlines
8:17 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Headlines: Voter Registration, GED Tests & OU Football Rankings

Headlines for Friday, July 31, 2015:

  • The state of Oklahoma is changing its voter registration policies to avoid a lawsuit. (NewsOK)

  • Tulsa officials are considering proposals to privatize the jail. (Tulsa World)

  • State and federal cuts to health agencies are affecting services in northeast Oklahoma. (Tulsa World)

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:51 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Why Solar Energy is Growing Slowly in Oklahoma

Mary Fallin meets with a worker at a July 2015 event commemorating Oklahoma Gas & Electric's new solar farm in Oklahoma City.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma is synonymous with energy. It’s a major oil and gas state and one of the country’s leaders in wind power. But Oklahoma has been slow on solar energy, and experts say that’s because of state policy — not the sun.

SOLAR ‘SCIENCE EXPERIMENT’

Lawmakers, local business and community leaders, and workers in hardhats on July 27 gathered beneath a tent to celebrate the opening of a new solar power project in west Oklahoma City.

The guest of honor, Gov. Mary Fallin, arrived in an electric Nissan Leaf and made a few short remarks.

Adding “solar power into our energy mix in our state is truly a great accomplishment and something I’m very excited to see,” Fallin said, before throwing a fake switch and ceremoniously “energizing” Oklahoma Gas & Electric’s new solar farm.

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Headlines
8:35 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Headlines: Graduation Rates Drop, Planned Parenthood Funding & Tattoo Regrets

Headlines for Thursday, July 30, 2015:

  • Oklahoma is seeing a drop in high school graduation rates statewide. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • Collections to Oklahoma’s general revenue drop again. (Tulsa World)

  • Unemployment in Oklahoma City rises for third straight month. (NewsOK)

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Oklahoma Gazette
8:05 am
Thu July 30, 2015

A Decade of Tattoos in Oklahoma

It’s been ten years since the state made tattooing legal and this week’s Oklahoma Gazette cover story looks at some regrets people might have had after inking themselves a decade ago.

Reporter Greg Elwell says what was cool in 2006 just isn’t the same today.

Elwell reminds us that tattooing on hands and face remains illegal in Oklahoma.

You can pick up the Oklahoma Gazette at more than 800 metro rack locations. The cover story goes live on okgazette.com tomorrow.

NPR Ed
4:36 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Pell Grants For Prisoners: An Old Argument Revisited

President Obama is the first sitting president to visit a federal prison.
Kevin Lamarque Landov

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 4:59 pm

It's an old and controversial question: Should federal Pell grants be used to help prisoners pay for college?

Tomorrow, at a prison in Jessup, Md., Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch are expected to unveil a program to do just that. The new plan would create a limited pilot program allowing some students in prison to use Pell grants to pay for college classes.

The key word there is "limited" — because there's only so much the administration can do. To understand why, we have to go back to November 1993.

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US News
12:42 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Oklahoma's U.S. Senators Continue Crusade Against Planned Parenthood

U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) speaking during Tuesday's Students for Life rally at the U.S. Capitol.
Provided U.S. Sen. James Lankford

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:06 pm

Updated July 30, 12:01 p.m.

Republican U.S. Senators discussed legislation Wednesday that would block federal money from going to Planned Parenthood and send those funds to other organizations that provide healthcare services for women.

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