Local News
7:48 am
Thu January 22, 2015

A List of School Closings

Boise City Public Schools

No School/Essential Personnel Report Today

Boise City Public Schools

No School/Essential Personnel Report Today

Burns Flat-Dill City Public Schools

Closed Today

Canute Public Schools

Closed Today

Cheyenne Public Schools

Closed/Activities Canceled Today

Cordell Public Schools

Closed Today

Elk City Public Schools

Closed/Activities Canceled Today

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Education
3:39 am
Thu January 22, 2015

The Past, Present And Future Of High-Stakes Testing

PublicAffairs Books

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 9:48 am

After a long stretch as the law of the land, annual standardized tests are being put to, well, the test.

This week, the Senate education committee held a hearing on the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law and, specifically, on testing. The committee's chairman, Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., has released a draft bill offering a lot more leeway to states in designing their own assessment systems.

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All Songs Considered
2:39 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Viking's Choice: Native Lights, 'Blue Star'

Native Lights
Jeremy Charles / Courtesy of the artist

Sometimes you don't know that you've missed something, like an old friend or a recipe tucked away in a cookbook, until it reappears just when it's needed. In August, I went to see Unwed Sailor's set in Washington, D.C., partly out of nostalgia.

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Politics
8:40 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Rep. Cole: Obama Used Tax Issue For Partisan Advantage

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Headlines
8:35 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Headlines: SDE Firings, Oklahoma Health & State of the Union Reactions

Headlines for Wednesday, January 21, 2015:

  • Oklahoma’s new superintendent fires three more staff members who worked under Janet Barresi. (NewsOK)

  • The future of high stakes testing in Oklahoma belongs to parents. (Tulsa World)

  • The leader of the state Senate admits Oklahoma’s teachers are underpaid. (NewsOK)

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The Two-Way
6:42 am
Wed January 21, 2015

An Emboldened Obama Makes The Case For Middle-Class Economics

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington on Tuesday.
Mandel Ngan AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 9:55 am

Updated at 9:44 a.m. ET

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Health
5:03 am
Wed January 21, 2015

War Over Obamacare Heats Up In States

Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Ritze, a Republican and a physician, plans to revive the fight against the Affordable Care Act in the 2015 legislative session.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 9:12 am

Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Ritze is a foot soldier — one of hundreds — in a passionate war over the Affordable Care Act that is reigniting as state legislatures convene across the country.

The Republican lawmaker, a family doctor, has stood behind three anti-Obamacare bills supported by conservative groups in Oklahoma and other states. None has made it into law, but Ritze plans to pick up the fight in the 2015 legislative session that convenes in the Sooner State next month.

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The Two-Way
11:36 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Republicans' Responses Take Shots At Obamacare, Push Keystone XL

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, rehearses her remarks for the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 1:36 am

Joni Ernst, who in 2014 became the first woman elected to the Senate from Iowa, offered the Republican response to the State of the Union last night and introduced herself to the nation.

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The Salt
6:18 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Would Kids Eat More Veggies If They Had Recess Before Lunch?

A baked potato with toppings on a lunch tray at a school in Wisconsin. Students are less likely to eat fruits and vegetables if they're rushing to get to recess, researchers say.
Micheal Sears MCT/Landov

Schools are offering more and more healthy foods for lunch. And schools that participate in the National School Lunch program require students to choose a fruit and a vegetable side. Yet plate waste is a big problem in schools; as The Salt has reported, kids throw away anywhere from 24 to 35 percent of what's on their trays.

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Sample Size
5:44 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

New Mix: Sleater-Kinney, Giorgio Moroder & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

Sleater-Kinney
Brigitte Sire - facebook.com/SleaterKinney

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look at the roaring return of Sleater-Kinney, Italian disco producer Giorgio Moroder teaming up with pop stars, and Bonnie Prince Billy channeling Hank Williams.


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