Education
7:40 am
Wed August 27, 2014

The Future of School Standards in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma State Board of Education is meeting today to discuss the future of standards after the legislature repealed Common Core last May.

The board twice voted to delay the process in meetings this summer, but a vote is expected today to move the plan forward.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports in the third part of our series on education standards in Oklahoma.

After a lengthy discussion at last month’s school board meeting, members voted five to one to table the new standards process till the next meeting.

“The Chair votes 'No'.”

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KOSU Music
5:50 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

KOSU Music: King Tuff, Prince & The Unicorns

King Tuff
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LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney joins host Ryan LaCroix every week to discuss music news and new music releases during All Things Considered on KOSU.

Today, we look at a heavy tune from garage rocker King Tuff, a new track from Prince, and a previously unreleased track from The Unicorns.


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Music Reviews
1:45 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

At 71, Elvin Bishop Is Still Vigorous, And Can Do Wrong Right

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JenX with Jennifer Martin
8:40 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Making Sense of a Sometimes Senseless World

This week in Jen-X, have you ever had one of those days?

For Jennifer Martin, sometimes it feels like those days happen more and more often, and there’s very little anyone can do about it.


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Education
7:40 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Schools Deal With Fallout Following Death of Common Core

Education standards in Oklahoma remain in a holding pattern with the death of Common Core by the state legislature in May.

House Bill 3399 required all schools return to Priority Academic Student Skills Standards, also known as PASS, until new standards could be developed.

But, as KOSU’s Michael Cross shows us, not all schools are choosing to throw Common Core into the dumpster.


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Education
11:02 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Where Did Education Standards Come From?

1983 Education Reform Report
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Until recently, outside of education, no one really cared about education standards.  Few people outside of education really thought much about it before the Common Core controversy.  But where did these standards come from, and why do we have them?

History of Oklahoma's Education Standards

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23rd & Lincoln
8:40 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Agencies Hoping for Funding from Legislature

State agencies are getting ready to pitch their budget requests to lawmakers in the coming months.

In this week’s 23rd and Lincoln, the Journal Record’s Marie Price explains how that’s not necessarily and easy task.

You can find more of Marie’s insights on the capitol at jrlr.net.

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Shots - Health News
9:16 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Insurers Refuse To Cover Some Contraceptives, Despite Health Law

The NuvaRing contraceptive ring can be used monthly to prevent pregnancy.
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Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 8:54 am

How much leeway do employers and insurers have in deciding whether they'll cover contraceptives without charge and in determining which methods make the cut?

Not much, as it turns out, but that hasn't stopped some from trying.

People still write in regularly describing battles they're waging to get birth control coverage they're entitled to under the Affordable Care Act.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Looking Ahead to the Runoffs

An all new season of This Week in Oklahoma Politics starts with your host KOSU's Michael Cross along with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill.

With the Runoffs coming up on Tuesday, Ryan and Neva talk about the Democratic race for Superintendent as well as the Republican and Democratic races for Congressional District 5 in central Oklahoma.

They also talk about news that Representative Joe Dorman raised $28,000 more than Governor Fallin in the latest reporting period.

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State Superintendent Race
7:40 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Education Professionals Vie for State Superintendent Democratic Nomination

John Cox (left) and Freda Deskin (right)

Starting this January, a new person takes charge of every public school in Oklahoma and an education system which appears to be in limbo.

The new state superintendent will manage a department tasked with creating new statewide school standards after common core was repealed.

He or she also faces a two year hiatus on Third grade reading retention and a controversial A through F school grading program.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports two Democrats still desperately want your vote for the job in the upcoming runoff.

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