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19,873

Number of beginning farmers in Oklahoma in 2012, down from 26,880 in 2002.
Source: USDA Census of Agriculture, via Farmland Information Center.
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The Weekly Wonk July 20, 2014

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Community meetings in OKC and Tulsa will look at extending foster care to age 21

Young people who age out of foster care face significant challenges transitioning to adulthood on their own. More than 40 percent of young adults who leave foster care become homeless or are in an unstable living situation at least once by age 23. Many have been homeless multiple times.

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Quote of the Day 7/18/2014

“Thanks to HB 3399, politicians can now not only reject English and math standards, but personally rewrite them. Careful analysis and review is unlikely at that point. Now, lawmakers who sometimes don’t bother to read the bills they vote on may soon write standards that determine how – or if – Oklahoma children will be taught to read and do arithmetic. That’s cause for alarm, not a reason to celebrate.”
- The Oklahoman Editorial Board, on the law that revokes Common Core standards in Oklahoma (Source: http://bit.ly/1mU2w7C)

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Percentage decline in Oklahoma’s teen birth rate from 2012 to 2013
Source: Oklahoma State Department of Health via the Tulsa World.
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In The Know: State Attorney General dismisses death-row inmates’ concerns

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Beware the influence of ALEC in Oklahoma (Guest Post: J.C. Moore)

J.C. Moore is a retired science teacher, a member of the the American Geophysical Union, and co-founder of OKcitizensfirst.org.

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Quote of the Day 7/17/2014

“We can no longer sit at the banks of the courthouse steps waiting for prosperity and normalcy to come to us. Though we are separate in our respective branches of government, all of us are tied together by the shared thread of public service and united by a common vision, and that is the administration of justice.”
- Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Tom Colbert, in a speech warning Oklahoma judges that several proposed bills in the Legislature could have had a “lethal and devastating” effect on Oklahoma’s judiciary (Source: http://bit.ly/1jA1qhI)

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Number of Oklahoma high schools with a dropout rate above 40 percent for the Class of 2012.
Source: Oklahoma Educational Indicators Program
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In The Know: Fallin’s office says Barresi not being considered for secretary of education

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