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What’s the best way to run a jail?

A group in charge of the state’s largest jail is planning to hire an administrator to operate the jail instead of the county’s sheriff.

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Investigations Into Epic Charter Schools Explained

From TV and radio ads to advertisements on and radio to the steady flow of news stories, it has been difficult to ignore Epic Charter Schools lately. With multiple ongoing investigations into the school’s finances and enrollment, here is a comprehensive look at what’s happening and what it could mean for future state policy.

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Oklahoma seeks to address lawyer shortage for abused and neglected children

Access to lawyers isn’t equal for abused children and their parents in every county. So the Oklahoma Supreme Court created a new task force to look for ways to improve the system.

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Sovereign Community School Is Part of a Larger Movement

Sovereign Community School is new charter school in Oklahoma City with a focus on Native American culture and identity. It’s also part of a movement of tribes and tribal citizens using publicly funded, privately run schools to take control over the education of Native children. 

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Raising the kindergarten age in Oklahoma may leave some children out

A controversial proposal in the Oklahoma state legislature would delay the age kids would be eligible to start kindergarten and put Oklahoma on-trend with dozens of other states. But some childhood experts say the trend may not serve Oklahoma kids well.

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Medical boards lack process for opioid complaints

The ongoing court case against opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson highlighted the role that doctors, and the medical boards who regulate them, have played in the continuing public health crisis. 

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Voters ask Legislature for more action on criminal justice reform

Legislators concluded this year’s session after only passing one reform bill that could directly affect the size of the state’s prison population, but experts aren’t sure how much. Three Oklahoma voters said they want to see more progress.

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State officials: Impossible to track Epic’s alleged ‘ghost students’

With Epic Charter Schools under scrutiny by state and federal law enforcement, will regulators move to close the loophole the school seems to be taking advantage of?

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Pain meds as public nuisance? Oklahoma tests a legal strategy against opioid maker Johnson & Johnson

The first lawsuit in the country seeking to hold a pharmaceutical company responsible for the opioid crisis is currently awaiting a verdict in Oklahoma state court.

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