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A preview of the big issues StateImpact is watching in 2019

Here’s a roundup of some of the biggest policy issues on deck for the upcoming year and legislative session.


The surprising design of a new Tulsa park, where children learn by escaping adults and facing obstacles

On the surface, Tulsa’s spectacular new park looks just like a fancy playground. But it was actually intentionally designed to help kids learn important life skills through play.


‘Educator caucus’ falls short of election goals, but vows to keep pushing for more school funding

Election Day was the end of an intense, seven-month political fight for Oklahoma teachers, but the “teacher caucus” did not fare as well as some had hoped.


Educators wary of political hopefuls promising school funding without tax increases

Educators have proven to be a powerful force throughout the primaries and a rising political outsider who opposes a key issue among many teachers is having trouble getting their support.


Educators see few benefits in ballot measure giving schools more financial flexibility

This November, Oklahomans will be asked to vote on State Question 801. This measure gives schools more flexibility in how they can spend their money, but many school leaders say that flexibility won’t improve their financial situation.


Why some Oklahoma schools are shifting the way they respond to students’ bad behavior

Fifty-four percent of Oklahoma children reported at least one Adverse Childhood Experience, the second highest rate in the country.


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