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Higher Education Officials Plea for Lower Budget Cuts

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The presidents of several Oklahoma colleges and universities met today behind closed doors with legislative budget writers to plea for an easing in budget cuts to higher education. It is now apparent that the proposed cigarette tax to fund the states medicaid system won't pass the Oklahoma House which is planning on a reduced cut to the states Medicaid agency instead.

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Pro-Education Candidates Oust Some Incumbents

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Two members of the Oklahoma House and one state senator lost in primary election returns to pro-education candidates. 33 other new candidates from the education group also won their primaries while at least 8 others are in runoffs.

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Little Support For a Special Legislative Session

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From teachers to legislative leaders, there is little support for Governor Fallins suggestion that the legislature go into special session to pass a teacher pay raise. House Speaker Jeff Hickman says he is open to discussions but the state must be very cautious about pay hikes using one time money.

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Governor Fallin Considers Special Session for Teacher Pay Raises

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State government has $140.8 million in extra cash after reconciling the books for fiscal year 2016. Now Governor Mary Faillin says she is talking with legislative leaders about calling lawmakers back into session in order to use the money to give teacher pay raises. That would use one time extra funds to give teachers a less than $2-thousand a year pay hike.

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O.U. Hikes Tuition Rates Because of Budget Cuts

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It will cost University of Oklahoma students 7 percent more in tuition and fees to attend classes this fall. The University estimates that will offset about a third of the $35-million dollar budget cut they took for fiscal year 2017 which begins July 1st. Other cost savings will come from voluntary retirements, salary cuts of 3 percent for top leaders and not replacing people when they leave.

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Settlement Reached in School Discipline Probe

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The plans by Oklahoma City Public Schools to end disproportionate discipline of black students is approved by the U.S. Department of Education. The settlement ends an investigation into the school districts practices. Two other federal investigations continue.

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Cutbacks Coming to Oklahoma Colleges

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13 Faculty and staff jobs will be cut along with six educational programs and four athletic programs. Those are the cutbacks at East Central University in Ada due to ongoing funding cuts from state government. School officials also say athletic scholarships and academic tuition waivers will also be reduced.

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Teaching Students When Life Begins

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High School students would have to be told that life begins at conception under a bill approved today by a House sub-committee. Rep. Ann Coody's bill would also require schools to include details about how a fetus develops.

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O.U. is Cutting Its Budget

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$20-million is being cut from the budget of the University of Oklahoma. The cuts will be achieved by early retirement buyouts for faculty and staff which will impact about 400 people. Other positions will be eliminated and department budgets cuts will include decreases in purchases and travel.

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New Penny Sales Tax for Education Vote Gets the Green Light

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The state Supreme Court rules that O.U. President David Boren's plan for a vote on a penny sales tax hike to fund common education can be put to a statewide vote. The high court rejected claims the measure combined multiple subjects into a single vote. OCPA a conservative think tank had opposed the measure. Backers says it will generate $615-million dollars a year for education.

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Education Rankings Give Oklahoma a "D+"

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The 20th annual Education Week's Quality Counts survey ranks Oklahoma public education at 46th in the nation. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said the ranking was not a surprise, "We will not see anything different until we do something different. "

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O.U. Nazi Art Controversy May Be Nearing End

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A compromise has reportedly been reached to settle a lawsuit against the University of Oklahoma for a painting that is alleged to be stolen Nazi loot. Federal Judge Joe Heaton has put the case on hold until late February next year after the reported deal had been reached. Leone Meyer charges her family owned the painting when it was stolen from their Paris home by Nazi's during WW II.

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New A Through F Report Cards are Badly Flawed

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The latest report cards are out for Oklahoma public schools but state education officials say it is so flawed that it has no value to teachers, superintendents or parents. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister says efforts are underway to fix the controversial program with proposals due out by the end of December.

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AG Pruitt Steps Into Prayer and Sports at Public Schools

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In a formal legal opinion Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says a new policy prohibiting public prayer at playoff events is overly broad. The policy was put in place by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.

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Oklahoma Teacher Shortage

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The state Department of Education has approved more than 800 emergency teaching certificates to fill classrooms that don't have teachers.

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