Newly Obtained Surveys Reveal Concerns Over Education Standards Law

Advocates for students with disabilities, minority students and low-income students weighed in on the state’s plan for education under the Every Student Succeeds Act. These and other stakeholders questioned the law’s grouping of students, test translations and continued use of school letter grades.

State Health Department Faces Unexplained Cash Crisis

The state Health Department is scrambling to cover an unexpected $10 million shortfall that emerged over the summer. Along with employee furloughs, layoffs and contract cuts, the agency sought payments from county-city health departments, which refused to pay.

Rehab Work Camps Were Facing Regulation. Then a Friend Stepped In.

Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery operated for years in rural Oklahoma without oversight by the state. When several deaths occurred at other rehabs, legislators moved to regulate the programs. That’s when Republican lawmaker Doug Cox stepped in.

Programs That Help Pay for Hearing Aids

Medicare, Medicaid and many private insurance plans provide little or no coverage for hearing aids. But some government and nonprofit programs can help Oklahomans with at least a portion of the cost.