Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s private school tax credits to launch Friday with influx of applicants expected

BY: - November 30, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — About 130 private schools across Oklahoma have registered for a new tax credit program launching this week that offers $5,000-$7,500 to students’ families. The Oklahoma Tax Commission will start accepting applications for the tax credits at 8:30 a.m. Friday at parentalchoice.ok.gov.  Families can apply for their entire household but must submit a […]

Agency finalizing rules for Oklahoma’s $215 million affordable housing program

BY: - November 30, 2023

New homes and rental properties could hit the Oklahoma market in the next two years if rules for a $215 million state-funded construction loan program are approved by the end of the year, officials said. The Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency, which will oversee the state’s new Housing Stability Program, is crafting rules to administer it. […]

Ransomware attacks force Oklahoma hospitals to divert emergency room patients

BY: - November 29, 2023

Oklahoma is among six states experiencing a temporary disruption to some hospital services after a ransomware attack against Ardent Health Services, a health care company based in Nashville. Ardent operates 30 hospitals, including those under Oklahoma’s Hillcrest HealthCare System. It’s investigating a ransomware attack it experienced on Nov. 23, and, according to a news release, […]

Oklahoma fundraising campaign hopes to wipe out over $76,000 in school lunch debt

BY: - November 29, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — A fundraiser aims to relieve more than $76,000 in lunch debt for Oklahoma students, as struggles with outstanding meal fees continue in schools. That total would cover overdue cafeteria bills from seven school districts across the state. The largest of them, Stillwater Public Schools, reported $37,003 in student lunch debt from the […]

Efforts to criminalize homelessness growing in Oklahoma

BY: - November 28, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — A national push to criminalize homelessness is impacting the state as cities and lawmakers introduce policies aimed at regulating encampments and other support for unhoused Oklahomans, legal experts say. Efforts to criminalize homelessness through tickets, fines or arrests aren’t new, but have increased in the last few years partly as a result […]

Public Montessori school approved to open in OKC, three other charters rejected

BY: - November 27, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — A public Montessori elementary school has been approved to open in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Montessori Initiative would be the only public school in the city using the renowned Montessori method of student-driven, hands-on learning. It was the only charter school to gain approval out of four that have applied recently with Oklahoma […]

Some Republicans willing to compromise on abortion ban exceptions. Activists ensured they didn’t.

BY: - November 27, 2023

This story was originally published by ProPublica.”ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Series: Post-Roe America:Abortion Access Divides the Nation After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ending nearly 50 years of federal protection for abortion, some states […]

Unpaid tolls prevent thousands of Oklahomans from renewing vehicle registrations

BY: - November 27, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — Amanda Mayo was making what she thought was a routine visit to a tag agency to renew her husband’s vehicle registration when she discovered the account was locked. After waiting in line for 30 minutes one day in March, she learned she couldn’t renew the car tag due to more than $100 […]

Audit dings Oklahoma Republican Party PAC for misreporting finances, election spending

BY: - November 27, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — A federal audit uncovered millions in misreported income and expenses for a political action committee associated with the Oklahoma Republican Party.  A Federal Election Commission draft audit found the Oklahoma Leadership Council’s bank records did not match its federal campaign finance reports by nearly $2 million.  The council is a federal PAC […]

Close up of stuffed turkey during Thanksgiving meal with family toasting in the background.

Author explores gratitude’s dark side — and how being grateful might still rescue us

BY: - November 24, 2023

For the author of a book on gratitude Diana Butler Bass has what might be a surprising admission: Gratitude didn’t come naturally to her. Bass published “Grateful,” her 12th book, five years ago. But before writing it, “I would not have considered myself a naturally grateful person,” she says. “I always struggled with cultivating gratitude, […]

COMMENTARY

Opinion: Oklahoma’s lack of sex ed curriculum harming the state’s health outcomes

BY: - November 24, 2023

It’s time to have a candid conversation about a topic that seems to make many lawmakers cringe and flush.  Sex education. StateImpact reporter Jillian Taylor reported recently that the only sexual education topic that must be taught is AIDS prevention instruction. School districts, though, get to decide when and how to teach it. Parents can […]

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Opinion: Thanksgiving stories gloss over the history of US settlement on Native lands

BY: - November 23, 2023

Too often, K-12 social studies classes in the U.S. teach a mostly glossed-over story of U.S. settlement. Textbooks tell the stories of adventurous European explorers founding colonies in the “New World,” and stories of the “first Thanksgiving” frequently portray happy colonists and Native Americans feasting together. Accounts of the colonies’ battle for independence frame it […]