Columns/Opinions

Tue
17
May

Your Senator

By Mike Schulz

It’s spring time and proud moms, dads and grandparents are ready to honor the achievements of high school and college graduates across Oklahoma. The annual rite of passage honors graduates’ hard work and signals the start of a new and exciting chapter in the lives of young men and women.  

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Tue
17
May

A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

Here we are at the end of another school year. The last day of classes will be this Thursday. This has been a great school year with smooth sailing the entire year. Every school year seems to go a little faster than the last; the school years just seem to fly. As you know, the school year is full of activities and events which keep us busy.

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Tue
10
May

Rural Healthcare Realities

By Landon Hise

I’ve never understood people who cut off their nose to spite their face. But when it comes to passing the Medicaid Rebalancing Act, I’m afraid that’s what state legislators are doing. When I talk to state legislators about doing the smart thing for state healthcare and the state’s economy and encourage them to accept federal Medicaid funds by passing the MRA, I’m usually told that accepting the money “doesn’t make financial sense.” 

 

Tue
10
May

House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

As House leaders work to draft the budget for the 2017 fiscal year, two of the largest areas of concern are education and Medicaid. In March, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA), which administers the state’s Medicaid program called “SoonerCare,” announced a plan to cut provider rates by 25 percent depending on the legislature’s actions to abate the shortfall.

 

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Tue
03
May

A Word From The Superintendent

by Brad Overton 

We are down to the last two weeks of the school year. It is hard to believe that this school year is coming to a close. It looks like these last two weeks will be full of activities as several student groups and individuals will compete at the state level. This past weekend both the girls’ and boys’ track teams competed in the regional track meet. Both teams experienced great results.

 

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Tue
03
May

ONE FOR THE OKLAHOMA HISTORY BOOK

By: Max J. Nichols, Oklahoma Historical Society 

Starting May 7, the Oklahoma Historical Society will present a dramatic new living history program at the George M. Murrell Home in Park Hill, displaying for visitors how 19th-century Oklahomans operated plantations and all the work that was required for residents. Murrell Home visitors will see people performing tasks such as gardening, planting, tending, harvesting, animal driving, shepherding, laundry and cooking.

 

Tue
26
Apr

Your Senator

by Mike Schulz
 
Tue
26
Apr

House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ
 
Tue
19
Apr

A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

As school leaders, every decision we make affects children. The stakes have never been higher. This school year state budget cuts have left schools $58 million short. Statewide, more than 1,000 education employees may lose their jobs and more than 100 districts are considering fewer school days to save money. Schools expect to lose millions more for next school year.

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Tue
19
Apr

House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

In the final six weeks of the legislative session, House members continue to decide bills on the House floor as well as work on the state budget for the next fiscal year. As we face a $1.3 million revenue deficit for the next fiscal year, much finger-pointing has been done about why the state has such a shortfall. I’m hoping some history might help.

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