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 By Ray Carter    Local    September 13, 2020

Teachers union, parents in opposition

As parents across Oklahoma call for local schools to reopen and provide in-person instruction, one of the most vocal opponents they face is the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA), the state affiliate of the National Education Association. The...

 
 By Ray Carter    Local    September 4, 2020

Why don't schools mandate masks? No COVID

A survey recently conducted by the Oklahoma Department of Education found 346 school districts, or 65 percent of the 536 districts surveyed, have some form of mandatory mask policy in place for teachers or both staff and students. The remaining 35...

 
 By Ray Carter    Local    August 16, 2020

'Risky' counties can have few COVID-19 cases

In a majority of Oklahoma counties – 39 – a COVID-19 diagnosis for three or fewer individuals can elevate the entire county’s daily infection rate to a “moderate risk” level some policymakers say should trigger various forms of mandatory...

 
 By Ray Carter    Local    June 7, 2020

Health 'experts' take contradictory stance on protests

A letter signed by 1,288 self-proclaimed public health professionals, infectious diseases professionals, and undefined “community stakeholders” declares that anti-racist protests “must be supported” and should not be constrained by...

 
 By Ray Carter    Local    April 19, 2020

Stitt: Testing key to state's reopening

Gov. Kevin Stitt and other officials say improved tracking of the COVID-19 virus will be crucial in reopening Oklahoma’s economy in the coming weeks. “Two of the main keys to getting Oklahoma back open are enhanced testing and contact...

 
 By Ray Carter    Local    March 29, 2020

For Oklahoma saddle maker, COVID response may be worse than broken neck

Clinton “Doc” Hole, owner of C Bar H Saddlery in Yukon, first opened his custom saddle-making business in 2009. That same year, he was in a traumatic horse accident that left him with a broken neck and head injuries that required surgery and...

 
 By Ray Carter    Local    March 15, 2020

Medicaid expansion may consume tobacco funds

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s decision to unilaterally expand Oklahoma’s Medicaid program to include able-bodied adults has left lawmakers scrambling to fund the program. A measure that would redirect Oklahoma’s tobacco-settlement funds to Medicaid is...

 
 By Ray Carter    Local    December 1, 2019

State testing outcomes prompt question: When will results improve?

Despite a dramatic increase in school funding and the adoption of what state officials say are higher academic standards, Oklahoma students’ academic performance on state tests mostly remained stagnant in 2019 or lower than in 2017. That has some...

 
 By Ray Carter    Local    September 15, 2019

Medicaid expansion could shift some federal costs to Oklahoma

Under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, states that expand Medicaid to cover able-bodied adults are given $9 in federal funding for every $1 in state funding spent on the expansion population. Supporters argue that...

 

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