By Ray Carter, Director, Center for Independent Journalism, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs A survey recently conducted by the Oklahoma Department of Education found 346 school districts, or 65 percent of the 536 districts surveyed, have some form of mandatory mask policy in place for teachers or both staff and students.
Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) announced today he recently cosponsored Congressman Fed Keller’s (PA-12) Reviewing Urban and Rural Adjustments to Level Hospital Expenses and Lopsided Payments Act, otherwise known as the RURAL HELP Act.
A group of House Democrats is urging the Oklahoma State Board of Education to mandate the closure of schools in counties with COVID-19 rates above a certain threshold. But the lawmakers’ recommendation comes as county-level COVID-19 rates continue to swing wildly from week to week and highlight the problems created by tying school-shutdown orders to county rates that often do not reflect local community conditions.
House Majority Leader Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher, today commented on the 100th year anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote in the United States of America.
The opportunity for Oklahomans to be counted in the U.S. Census is only weeks away, and officials are concerned about participation.