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OKCPS Board Approves New Discipline Plan

Students who get suspended in the Oklahoma City Public School district will now have an option: take the suspension and go home or go through a 10-day remedial program. In the program, teachers will help the kids keep up with their work, as they go through character development classes and counseling. “And so, instead of just sending them home, to sit at home, let’s keep ‘em in school, keep up with their academics, and then also teach ‘em some skills that they need to learn,” said Dr. Teri...
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Headlines for Friday, August 21, 2015:

  • State Senator pleads guilty to embezzlement charges. (Tulsa World)
  • Muscogee (Creek) Nation faces an $18M gaming budget shortfall. (Tulsa World)

  • Oklahoma County misses a deadline on an October vote for a new jail. (Journal Record)


The leader of the Oklahoma Senate says federal charges against Republican Sen. Rick Brinkley of Owasso are serious crimes that call for his immediate resignation.

Republican Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman of Sapulpa issued a statement Thursday shortly after Brinkley submitted a letter of resignation, effective immediately.

Brinkley stepped down after federal prosecutors charged him with five counts of wire fraud and one count of subscribing to a false tax return in a scheme that involved taking $1.8 million from the Better Business Bureau of Tulsa.

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This year’s El Niño might be the strongest ever. The phenomenon — marked by unusually warm waters in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of South America — means more precipitation could be on the way for Oklahoma. The state’s wheat farmers are hopeful, but know too much rain at the wrong time can be ruinous.

Mike Rosen runs a grain elevator near Kingfisher. He says Oklahoma’s wheat farmers can’t seem to catch a break.

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The State Department of Education wants more Oklahoma kids to go to college. So they’re launching a pilot program that would make it easier for all students to apply. 

The Superintendent of Public Instruction, Joy Hofmeister, announced the Department's plan to make the college entrance exam, the ACT, free for all high school juniors for the following year. 

Headlines for Thursday, August 20, 2015:

  • Oil prices drop to lowest level in more than six years. (NewsOK)

  • Oklahoma high-school juniors can now take the ACT exam for free. (News9)

  • Another state Senator comes up with a plan for the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust. (Journal Record)

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The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed the first federal limits on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to cut the methane levels recorded in 2012 by at least 40 percent by 2025.

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Tulsa Public Schools starts back this week and for some in the district there will be a lot less testing due to recent cut backs. But still others say those testing cuts need to be deeper.

Last year, teachers spent 135 hours testing students in grades K through 12. This year, the Tulsa Public School Board reduced that time to 60 hours.

Headlines for Wednesday, August 19, 2015:

  • The Obama administration proposes first federal limits on methane emissions. (NewsOK)

  • Oil produces in Osage County file another law suit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs. (Tulsa World)

  • State Senator resigning amid embezzlement allegations won’t get pension. (AP)

Ah, back-to-school season in America: That means it's time for the annoyingly aggressive marketing of clothes, and for the annual warnings of a national teacher shortage.

But this year the cyclical problem is more real and less of a media creation. There are serious shortages of teachers in California, Oklahoma, Kentucky and places in between.

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Donald Trump is not the first Republican presidential candidate to float the idea of scrapping the principle that anyone born in the United States automatically becomes a US citizen. And he probably won’t be the last.