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OK Policy Podcast: Episode 2

On the 2nd episode of our weekly podcast, topics include some surprising new research on how term limits affected the Oklahoma legislature, a lawsuit that could shake up tax politics in Oklahoma, Oklahoma City’s first community school, and more!

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In The Know: State passes up federal health care grant

In The Know is a daily synopsis of Oklahoma policy-related news and blogs. Inclusion of a story does not necessarily mean endorsement by the Oklahoma Policy Institute. You can sign up here to receive In The Know by e-mail.

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Occupational fatalities per 100,000 workers in Oklahoma. The national average is 4.1.
Source: 2014 State of the State’s Health.
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Quote of the Day 8/1/2014

“Policymakers need to remember that the repeal of Common Core doesn’t lessen the overwhelming burden placed on students by these tests. This burden was here before, and without intervention this burden will remain. One in five students suffers from high test anxiety. A further 16 percent have moderate anxiety. How much learning can be accomplished under this kind of duress?”

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Can Oklahoma make better budget predictions?

Oklahoma’s state budget was thrown into turmoil this year when much less money came to the General Revenuef fund than was expected. For the full year, General Revenue was 4.8 percent below the estimate; if the shortfall had reached 5 percent, nearly all state services could have been forced to make budget cuts in the middle of the year. The problem is not just with this year’s budget either.

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In The Know: Community health centers cut staff and services due to state budget shortfall

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Quote of the Day 7/31/2014

“We are now cutting personnel, cutting services and trying to see where there might be alternate sources of income, which is mostly donations. We are in a very difficult and untenable position.”

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Number of unaccompanied child migrants who have been placed with sponsor families in Oklahoma, less than 1 percent of the 30,340 child migrants who have been placed nationwide.
Source: U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement
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Oh SNAP: Food assistance program errors at record low

Photo by Bruce Tuten used under a Creative Commons license

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In The Know: Oklahoma City experiments with community school to address poverty

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