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A Bike Ride that Honors the Past and Looks Towards the Future

It’s one of the most painful chapters in Cherokee history: the Trail Of Tears. Forced to make way for settlers looking for gold in Cherokee homelands in the Southeast, thousands were forcibly removed to Indian Territory in Oklahoma. Today, Cherokee people honor their ancestors who were on the trail by re-tracing their steps...by bike. It’s a grey Saturday morning and light rain is falling. But that doesn’t stop a team of fifteen cyclists from pumping up their tires, tying their shoelaces and...
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Exploring Modern Native America in Oklahoma

Headlines for Tuesday, April 19, 2016:

  • Oklahomans are remembering the bombing which killed 168 people today. (Fox25)

  • A judge orders the destruction of guns owned by Oklahoma City bombing co-conspirator Terry Nichols. (NewsOK)

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin's plan to shield public schools and other state services from budget cuts in part by issuing up to $500 million in bonds for road construction is getting a frosty reception in the Oklahoma House and Senate.

With just six weeks remaining in the legislative session, Fallin unveiled a revised budget plan for lawmakers to consider that would fill nearly all the budget gap through a combination of bonding, tax code changes and adjustments to the budgeting process.

Matt Trotter / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

The nation’s top education official made a stop today at Tulsa’s Will Rogers High School.

U.S. Secretary of Education John King met with members of a Tulsa Public Schools study group that’s slashed required testing in half over the last year, recovering 39 hours of teaching time. King praised the district for bringing teachers and principals together to make those decisions, saying he’s seen districts with as many as four nearly identical student reading assessments.

King also had advice for state leaders dealing with a budget crisis.

The Oklahoma City energy company said Friday the U.S. government has “dropped its grand jury investigation of possible antitrust violations in the purchase or lease of land, oil or natural gas rights from 2012 and prior years,” The Oklahoman’s Adam Wilmoth reports.

An injured worker featured in an NPR/ProPublica investigation of the opt-out alternative to workers' compensation has settled with the company that denied her medical care and wage-replacement payments after an incident at work.

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

Today, Matt brings us new music from Sturgill SimpsonCar Seat Headrest, and Youth in Bloom.  

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the first day of filing for political office which saw at least 30 people involved with education sign up to take on challengers and, shortly before that, Governor Fallin held a press conference to unveil her new plan to fix the $1.3 billion shortfall in the upcoming budget.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Brooke Hall has lived in the Parkway Mobile Home Park most of her life. She’s never really liked the taste of the water that comes from the park’s wells, but she didn’t think it could be dangerous until she was in the hospital giving birth to her son.

“Doctors and nurses told me I needed to stop breastfeeding while they did blood work and tested for lead because they were afraid that, because I was drinking the water, that it would be passed through to him,” she says.

Headlines for Thursday, April 14, 2016:

  • Governor Fallin releases a plan to fix the state’s budget hole. (Journal Record)
     
  • Educators from around the state file paperwork to run for office. (KFOR)

Emily Wendler / KOSU

Schools are undeniably suffering in Oklahoma, and a lot of the blame is being pointed at the state legislature. Many teachers say lawmakers need to quit meddling with something they know nothing about. However, other educators are taking a more proactive approach. They’re running for office. And they’re filing today.

“Its becoming apparent to more and more educators that to be heard we need to be in the conversation, not outside of the conversation trying to talk at people,” said Kevin McDonald, an English teacher at Edmond Memorial High School.

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KOSU's Michael Cross talks about political news in Oklahoma with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican political consultant Neva Hill.

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Education News

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State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister is telling schools to brace for one more round of cuts before Summer. 

She said because of lower-than-expected gross production tax revenue, $13 million to $17 million will be lost from the school funding formula. 

"This is really going to be gut wrenching for districts to receive this news at this time," Hofmeister said. 

She said this will affect school’s abilities to pay their bills, and will cause them to dip into any savings they may have.

Emily Wendler / KOSU

The Oklahoma City Public School Board of Education voted to cut ties with Superintendent Rob Neu at Monday night’s board meeting.

The separation agreement said, “Disagreements have transpired during [Neu’s] employment that have led parties to reconsider [Neu’s] continued employment with the district.”

Board members said they could not comment any further because it was a personnel matter. Bob Hammack was the only board member to vote against the agreement.

Emily Wendler / KOSU

This November, Oklahomans will decide whether they want to raise sales taxes one cent in order to fund education in the state.

University of Oklahoma President, David Boren, and his group, Oklahoma’s Children-Our Future, have been leading the charge on this, and were required to collect 123,000 petition signatures in order to get the initiative on the November ballot.

On Thursday they delivered about 309,000 signed petitions to the Secretary of State. Boren says this indicates that the idea is wildly popular.

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