How Long a Jail Stay Lasts for Low-Level Charges Depends on the County

How long people stay in Oklahoma county jails on misdemeanor charges varies across the state, newly obtained data shows. In some counties, pretrial release programs allow defendants to get out immediately without having to post bail. In other counties, low-level defendants can remain locked up for days or weeks, creating job or family problems.

Teacher Shortage Forces Schools to Rely on Aides, Assistants

The statewide teacher shortage is forcing many districts to rely heavily on teaching aides and assistants. The classroom helpers handle many tasks that teachers used to do but are less able to now because of larger classes and more special-education students. But should some of that cost go toward hiring new teachers?

County Commissioner Sued over Dispute at Charity

The former director of a nonprofit charity has sued Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan, who founded the charity, accusing him and the group of failing to pay severance, berating the director publicly and making questionable deposits into Maughan’s personal bank account.