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A lawsuit filed by a group of concerned Stillwater Public Schools’ parents was quietly dismissed at the end of March.

Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson III
Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office

The Oklahoma County Commissioners gave their county sheriff permission on Monday to contract with a video production company to film a TV series. The Board of County Commissioners voted 2-1 to approve the contract.

Calumet Elementary School students read together in spring 2020. Older students and younger students would team up to improve their reading, however programs like this have been scrapped because of COVID-19.
Robby Korth / StateImpact Oklahoma

Backlash is mounting toward a resolution passed by Oklahoma’s State Board of Education to equalize funding for charter and traditional public schools.

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OKCPD Releases Video Footage Of Oklahoma County Jail Hostage Situation

Apr 5, 2021
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The Oklahoma City Police Department has released graphic video footage of the recent hostage takeover at the Oklahoma County Detention Center.

Legislative Service Bureau (LSB) Photography

In his 2021 State of the State Address, Governor Kevin Stitt had one major "ask" for Oklahoma education: changing the state's student transfer rules and public school funding formula. He received his wish before the calendar turned to April. As KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley explain, the bills moved quickly and the governor has already signed them into law.

Cast members dressed as angels rehearse for the “Prince of Peace“ Easter pageant at the Holy City of the Wichitas on March 20, 2021.
Katelyn Howard / KGOU

In the heart of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton lies the Holy City of the Wichitas, an area that replicates Israel during Biblical times and is home to what organizers say is the longest continuously running Easter pageant in North America. The Holy City’s history spans over decades, but in recent years, it has struggled to remain open due to financial struggles.

In this file photo, students are seen in a classroom at Santa Fe South High School, a public charter school based inside a converted department store at the former Crossroads Mall in Oklahoma City.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

Two education measures finalized this week mark a win for those who subscribe to the philosophy that public tax dollars should follow students to the school of their choice. 

In a 2019 English class at The Academy of Seminole, students write descriptive essays. Charter schools like this one are slated to reap the biggest benefits from a recent State Board of Education action to equalize funding between charter and traditional
StateImpact Oklahoma

A recent resolution announced by Oklahoma’s State Board of Education will transform education funding in Oklahoma by equalizing funding for charter and traditional public schools.

Guards make their rounds on the eighth floor of the Oklahoma County Jail in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The state Health Department’s jail inspectors filed a report detailing numerous deficiencies in the Oklahoma County jail. The inspectors’ feedback paints a clear picture of an understaffed, malfunctioning jail that has recently seen an increase in deaths.

Dan Williams, a former GIS analyst in the House Redistricting Office, created a Facebook group called "Oklahomans Redistrict Oklahoma." The group is dedicated to creating a public maps submission to the legislature for the deadline on April 4th.
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Oklahoma lawmakers have a state constitutionally-required deadline on May 28th, the end of their current session, to pass new legislative district maps. But this isn’t just the case in Oklahoma. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there are 12 other states with constitutions calling for redistricting in the year after the census.

Justin Neely, director of language for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, grew up among elders who told him that if the Potawatomi language is lost, so are the Potawatomi people.

OKCPS Predicts It Will Lose Millions Of Dollars After Recent Funding Resolution

Mar 29, 2021
The Oklahoma City Public Schools administration building.
Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma City Public Schools predicts it will lose millions of dollars after the State Board of Education adopted a resolution to equally fund traditional public and charter schools.

Oklahoma Historical Society

One-hundred years ago this June, violence devastated one of the most prosperous Black communities in the nation – Tulsa's Greenwood District. The area known as “Black Wall Street” was the site of the deadliest race riot in American history.  

As we near the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, KGOU is urging greater understanding of the tragedy and its significance in state and national history.  

Congress Gives Oklahoma Cash Infusion For Expanding Medicaid

Mar 26, 2021
More than 300,000 signatures submitted to the Secretary of State's office in support of medicaid expansion were the fuel for Oklahoma voter's approval of a state question expanding health coverage to an estimated 200,000 Oklahomans.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

Last year’s vote to expand Oklahoma’s Medicaid program will provide the state with a half-billion-dollar windfall thanks to the recently passed federal stimulus bill.

Robby Korth - StateImpact Oklahoma

The State Board of Education voted 4-3 to accept an offer to settle a lawsuit with the Oklahoma Public Charter Schools Association after State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister warned that the settlement was unconstitutional. KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss that story and more from the last week at the state Capitol in Capitol Insider.

After convening for hours in a closed meeting, Oklahoma’s State Board of Education flipped public school funding on its head.

OU Health

You might have seen the full page ad that OU Physicians took out in The Oklahoman, which argued that BlueCross and BlueShield undervalues its workers. You might have seen the dueling web pages about the dispute, on OU Health’s website and on BlueCross’ website — the latter aiming to dispel so-called myths about the fight. 

Oklahoma spent approximately $4.3 million to rent and staff its contact tracing operation at Shepherd Center through October. The state has closed that Oklahoma City location, which opened in June with approximately 400 employees
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma’s boost to its COVID-19 contact tracing efforts led to no insights and was marred by technology problems and a failure to collect the proper data, a new legislative report finds.

A healthcare worker fills a syringe with the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

About two-thirds of Oklahoma prison workers and just under half of the inmates have opted not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from the state Department of Corrections, a sign that vaccine hesitancy remains high and some facilities may not reach the immunity threshold necessary to prevent future outbreaks.

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