Jason Nelson


The Republican floor leader of the Oklahoma House says he will step aside from his northwest Oklahoma City seat after eight years in office.

Rep. Jason Nelson said Wednesday he will not seek re-election to his District 87 House seat in November. The 44-year-old Nelson announced his decision on the floor of the House where he was congratulated by Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and Republican and Democratic House members.

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Some Oklahoma legislators have big concerns about the newly proposed academic standards.

Both the House and the Senate have filed measures seeking to disapprove the standards until changes are made. The House also filed a second measure to approve them.

Senator Josh Brecheen is leading the charge against the standards on the Senate side, and said they need more work before they hit teacher’s desks. His main concern is that neither set of standards, in English or math, contain examples for teachers to follow.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the announcement from the Bixby Public School District that it would be closing early because of budget issues and the Oklahoma Finance Secretary coming under fire after attacking fellow Republicans over Education Savings Accounts.

Mike Neal gets annoyed when he talks about politicians in his state. Just three years ago, when the Common Core State Standards for education were implemented, no one had a problem with them, says Neal, president of the Tulsa, Okla., Regional Chamber of Commerce.

"It's been a really frustrating situation to the business community in Oklahoma in that we've all been on the same page, from the governor, the House, the Senate, school board members," Neal says. "They've all been behind this."

Now, things are different.