January 2018

TPS lags behind on minimum teacher pay: School boards vote on teacher salaries


Crooked Oak schools in Oklahoma County have the state’s highest minimum starting teacher salary at $37,985 The only district around Tulsa that is close to that figure is Bixby, with a starting salary of $34,743. Jenks is right behind at $34,506. The starting salary for Tulsa Public Schools is just $32,900 – only $1,300 above […]

Bill raises teacher salaries with no state tax increases


OKLAHOMA CITY – State Reps. Tom Gann, Rick West and Kevin Calvey have co-authored House Bill 8384, legislation that would require the Commissioners of the Land Office (CLO) to raise Oklahoma teacher salaries by $5,000 starting next school year using part of the almost $2.4 billion currently in the CLO fund. “The money that is […]

Bill would make campaigns pay for special elections


Gov. Mary Fallin called nine special elections last year following legislators leaving office mid-term.  In an effort to protect taxpayer dollars, Sen. Ron Sharp has filed legislation to use the remaining campaign funds of departing members to pay for their districts’ special elections. “When we run for office, we take an oath to uphold Oklahoma’s […]

Bill would help whistleblowers


A bill to strengthen the position of whistleblowers in state agencies has been filed by State Rep. Bobby Cleveland. House Bill 2528 amends current statute to give state employees who have reported wrongdoings the right to file a civil action against the agency and individuals employed by or acting on behalf of the agency for […]

Ritze bill would limit salaries


Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, has requested Oklahoma House staff to draft legislation designed to limit the amount of tax dollars spent on the salaries of statewide elected officials, agency heads, and other highly compensated governmental employees. Ritze, a conservative voice in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, said the legislation would accomplish the following three […]

Farmers react to antibiotic regs


STILLWATER– When stricter federal guidelines on the use of some antibiotics for food animals went into effect last year, producers all over the nation, including Jerry Meek in Ada, had a decision to make. Should he spend the time and money to get a Veterinarian Feed Directive authorization from his veterinarian to continue treating his […]

Fallin: Hawaii false warning is unlikely in Oklahoma


Governor Mary Fallin said procedures are in place to prevent a false warning being sent by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM). As part of those procedures, members of a team within the agency will discuss the need for an alert and approve messaging before an alert is issued, the governor said. Oklahoma’s approach […]

Various elections on February 13th


Annual School Elections for Tulsa Public Schools District 4, Broken Arrow Public Schools District 3 and Collinsville Public Schools Position 3, as well as Special Proposition Elections for Collinsville Public Schools, Jenks Public Schools, Union Public Schools, and the City of Skiatook are set for February 13. Other Elections on February 13 include Municipal Elections […]

Caregiver seminar will be March 3


Evergreen Baptist Church in Bixby is sponsoring a Caregiver Equipping Seminar on March 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The program features 11 presenters who will share resources and information on relevant topics that should be beneficial to people who find themselves in a caregiving role. “Our goal is to provide pertinent information and […]