37 Education Bills We're Keeping An Eye On

Lawmakers filed hundreds of education bills this session, seeking solutions to teacher pay, testing, and school funding in general. Here is a list of more than 30 bills that KOSU will be following closely this legislative session. BILLS CONCERNING EDUCATION SAVINGS ACCOUNTS ESAs are similar to school vouchers. They are meant to give parents more choices in how they educate their children. However, they are very controversial because they take money away from public schools. There are currentl...
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Deeper budget cuts are coming for Oklahoma's schools, health care, roads and prisons.

Oklahoma's Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger notified state agencies Monday that continued declines in revenue collections will require deeper cuts than the 3 percent reductions that were ordered to begin in January.

Collections to the state treasury have continued to come in below projections, prompting a revenue failure.

The deeper cuts are expected to begin in March, although Doerflinger says the exact percentage reduction won't be determined until next week.

Dozens of parents opposed to mandatory vaccinations for their children are rallying at the Oklahoma Capitol.

About 100 people rallied Monday on the second floor of the Capitol, many of them wearing shirts that read "Oklahomans for Vaccine Choice" and "Medical Mandates are not OK."

Headlines for Monday, February 8, 2016:

  • Governor Fallin’s plans to fill the $900 million budget hole. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • Governor Mary Fallin is facing criticism for her plan to give teachers a raise. (Fox25)

Lawmakers filed hundreds of education bills this session, seeking solutions to teacher pay, testing, and school funding in general. Here is a list of more than 30 bills that KOSU will be following closely this legislative session.

BILLS CONCERNING EDUCATION SAVINGS ACCOUNTS

Peyton Manning is once more on top of the world. The Denver Broncos quarterback — a future Hall of Famer in what may be his final season — is once more a Super Bowl champion. The Broncos have beaten the Carolina Panthers, 24-10.

The game fell well short of a quarterback duel, though. Again, it was the Denver defense that led the way, harassing Cam Newton, forcing turnover after turnover and even tacking on a score of their own.

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The power and frequency of earthquakes in Oklahoma have been increasing, but the Legislature has done little to try to curb the temblors that scientists have linked to the underground disposal of oil and gas drilling wastewater.

That could change this year, as angry residents have been increasingly turning up at town hall meetings and legislative hearings to call for state leaders to address the problem.

The City of Stillwater, American Airlines and Oklahoma State University announced Friday the arrival of nonstop American Airlines jet service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) from Stillwater Regional Airport (SWO). The new service was announced at an event at the Stillwater airport and followed the Stillwater City Council’s unanimous approval of the agreement with American Airlines.

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This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC music critic Matt Carney.

Today, Matt delves into the Nielsen Year-End Music Report for 2015, and plays new songs from R&B fusion trio KING and Nashville singer Margo Price.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the State of the State Address from Governor Fallin, a plan to increase cigarette taxes by $1.50 per pack and bills to eliminate, reduce or put a moratorium on tax credits.

The trio also discuss Senator James Lankford's plan to eliminate federal tax credits on wind energy and the Iowa Caucus results with less than a month before Oklahoma's Presidential Primary on Super Tuesday.

Headlines for Friday, February 5, 2016:

  • Looking into 143 state sales tax exemptions. (Journal Record)

  • Oklahoma history faces the chopping block amid the Governor’s budget cuts. (Journal Record)

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Lawmakers filed hundreds of education bills this session, seeking solutions to teacher pay, testing, and school funding in general. Here is a list of more than 30 bills that KOSU will be following closely this legislative session.

BILLS CONCERNING EDUCATION SAVINGS ACCOUNTS

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Oklahoma’s new English Language Arts and Math standards are finally complete, and have been approved by the State Board of Education. They now await the legislature’s approval. 

The Department of Education was tasked with creating new math and English standards after the Oklahoma legislature repealed the Common Core curriculum in 2014.

Oklahoma Senator David Holt is proposing $10,000 teacher pay raises over the next few years. And Holt says this can be done without raising taxes. 

His plan is three pronged. School districts would be consolidated and excess money would go to teacher pay. All revenue growth after fiscal year 2017 would go directly to raises, and the the state would find another $200 million by reforming tax credits.

Holt said legislators have a moral obligation to raise pay, and help solve the teacher shortage.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to suspend his campaign for president, a source close to the Christie campaign tells member station WNYC.

The decision comes after a sixth-place finish in New Hampshire, where Christie had banked so much of his political capital.

"I love New Hampshire," the governor tweeted Tuesday. "I am comfortable to have my fate in your hands."

Carly Fiorina is exiting the Republican presidential race after a seventh-place showing in last night's New Hampshire primary.

"While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them," said Fiorina in a statement.

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won clear, early and decisive victories in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night.

Trump beat the GOP field by double digits. He got 35 percent of the vote, well ahead of surprise second-place finisher John Kasich, who pulled in 16 percent. Kasich was followed by Ted Cruz at 12 percent, Jeb Bush at 11 percent and Marco Rubio, who, after a poor debate performance Saturday, faded to fifth just shy of 11 percent.

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