Wanting to reduce the bouncing of foster children from home to home, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services is placing more kids immediately in homes of relatives, friends and others who never asked to be foster parents. The placements happen fast, which means there are risks.
Under state law, private schools in Oklahoma that offer tax-credit tuition scholarships must not discriminate in admissions against students with disabilities. But Oklahoma Watch found that most schools exclude such students from discrimination policies.
The state’s Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship program prohibits participating schools from discriminating against students with disabilities, but some schools say they don’t have the capacity to educate these students. Here are some schools’ positions.
Across the state, hundreds, if not thousands, of student athletes each year sustain a concussion. But most schools do not provide what health experts consider one of the best ways to prevent brain injuries: Have an athletic trainer on site.
Oklahoma saw a record 517 reports of newborn infants who tested positive for dangerous drugs or alcohol last year. Much of the increase involved exposure to marijuana, with prescription drugs and meth also frequently detected.
Despite more than two decades of national and state safe-sleep campaigns, co-sleeping and other unsafe sleeping practices are playing a significant role in dozens of infant deaths across Oklahoma each year.
As the waiting list for individualized services for developmentally disabled Oklahomans grows, the state Department of Human Services is considering changing the first-come, first-served approach to a priority system. It’s unclear how the system would work and whether it would be fair and effective.