More than 60 legislative bills have been filed since 2015 that seek to make voting and registering to vote easier in the state. Ten passed, but the most significant one, allowing online voter registration, may not be in place for two to three more years.
A special fund to defray the cost of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister’s legal defense reported its initial donors Sunday. Four supporters donated a total of just over $75,000 to help Hofmeister fight charges of accepting illegal campaign contributions.
Although Republican legislative leaders introduced the session’s first big-ticket revenue bills this week, opposition to smaller measures could signal a difficulty passing larger ones before the Legislature’s May 25 deadline to adjourn.
Theodis Manning, Sr., is a former member of a Bloods street gang set. Now he’s senior pastor of Divine Wisdom Worship Center in Midwest City and co-founder of an outreach group that works with gang members and their children.
The Oklahoma director of the Humane Society of the United States talks about how she became an animal welfare advocate, the state’s biggest issues with animal maltreatment, and what laws need to change or be approved.
Nearly three-fourths of principals at Oklahoma schools have been in their positions for five years or less. The average stay for principals at high-poverty, high-minority schools is four years. The turnover can disrupt schools’ ability to retain teachers and advance student achievement.
Two days after voting to pursue hiring a public relations firm to market the online schools sponsored by the Statewide Virtual Charter School Board, the agency director says the project may be scrapped.