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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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9 percent

Percentage decline in Oklahoma’s teen birth rate from 2012 to 2013
Source: Oklahoma State Department of Health via the Tulsa World.
The post 9 percent appeared first on Oklahoma Policy Institute.

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In The Know: State Attorney General dismisses death-row inmates’ concerns

In The Know is a daily synopsis of Oklahoma policy-related news and blogs. Inclusion of a story does not necessarily mean endorsement by the Oklahoma Policy Institute.

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Senate bill would further limit local governments’ tax authority and force a choice between public education and transit

Plans to finance both public education and transit at the local level would be stopped in their tracks under HB 1224 that passed the state Senate Finance Committee yesterday. The bill not only places a hard cap on the local sales tax rate at 2.5 percent but also only allows counties to levy a sales ...

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Editorial: Common Core “repeal” likely symbolic

An editorial in this morning’s Greensboro News & Record offers some important insights on the legislation — soon to be law — that “repeals” North Carolina’s adherence to Common Core education standards (i.e. the standards we’ve already spent tens of millions of dollars on to implement). The movement led by some Republicans to withdraw North ...

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North Carolina’s Poet Laureate resigns post

Less than a week after being appointed North Carolina’s newest Poet Laureate, Valerie Macon resigned from the post on Thursday. The self-published poet from Fuquay-Varina said in a letter to Governor Pat McCrory she appreciated his confidence in her, but she did not want to distract from the Office of Poet Laureate. Macon’s appointment drew ...

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ICE Asks Sheriffs to Ignore Due Process – The Answer Should be No

by Joseph Montano, Immigrants’ Rights Coordinator

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Mission accomplished?

Steve Harrison over at Blue NC has a good catch today in a post entitled “90% of coal ash remains in Dan River after Duke ‘completes’ cleanup.” As Steve notes: If this is what they call “success,” one would hate to see them fail: “Since the operation began on May 6, approximately 2,500 tons of ...

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