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A new survey shows what many state leaders feared: Oklahoma’s teacher shortage is getting worse.

As of August 1, there were still 500 unfilled teaching positions across the state. That's according to a survey conducted by the Oklahoma State School Boards Association.

Shawn Hime, the Executive Director of the OSSBA, says his agency talked to more than 300 school districts in order to complete the survey.

Headlines for Tuesday, August 22, 2017:

  • OKC School Board moves forward with a lawsuit against the state legislature. (NewsOK)

  • Legislators question loosening of charter school laws. (Journal Record)

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The Oklahoma City Public School Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution on Monday that gives district leadership the green light to pursue a lawsuit against the state.

Board members say lawmakers are not adequately funding education and they hope legal action changes that.

The resolution says legislative leaders don’t give schools enough money to do what is required of them by law, and therefore have failed to comply with their constitutional responsibility to fund public education.

Headlines for Monday, August 21, 2017:

  • Former Congressman Watts speaks out on President Trump’s comments. (Tulsa World)

  • Attorneys raise concern over Parole Board shortage. (Journal Record)

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma about Steve Bannon's departure from the White House.

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The first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in nearly a century will cross the United States on Monday. The last time that happened was 99 years ago, and Oklahoma was right in the middle of the path of total darkness.

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A new research paper suggests Oklahoma’s earthquake hazard might not taper off as quickly or as significantly as scientists previously predicted.

The energy industry practice of pumping toxic waste-fluid byproducts of oil and gas production into underground disposal wells is thought to be fueling Oklahoma’s earthquake surge. This activity peaked in 2015 and slowed due to regulations and low oil prices.

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A temporary mass migration that could reach into the millions is expected as people across the United States relocate to catch a prime view of the country’s first coast-to-coast total eclipse in nearly a century.

The vast majority of the country, including Oklahoma, isn’t in the path of “totality.”

Headlines for Friday, August 18, 2017:

  • OKC School Board considers a lawsuit against the legislature for underfunding education. (KOSU)

  • House Democrats fear GOP has no plan for a special session. (Tulsa World)

Headlines for Thursday, August 17, 2017:

  • Oklahoma’s elected officials are staying silent on Charlottesville. (Journal Record)

  • Oklahoma City School officials are considering changing the names of four of its institutions. (KOSU)

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