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State board looks at changes in A-F School Report Cards

 

The Oklahoma State Board of Education will study ways to improve the state’s A-F School Report Card system in light of some new federal legislation and an upcoming state budget shortfall. Fifty-two schools – mostly elementary schools – in Tulsa Public Schools got failing grades in the 2015 A-F Report Cards from the Oklahoma Department […]

Lawmakers want a Bill of Rights monument displayed

 

In an effort to raise awareness and educate Oklahomans about the importance of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, State Senators Patrick Anderson, R-Enid, and John Sparks, D-Norman, support building a Bill of Rights monument on the grounds of the state Capitol. The effort is part of a nationwide push to create similar […]

Student misconduct law?

 

Sen. Ron Sharp has refiled legislation to address the growing problem of student misconduct in classrooms. Senate Bill 911 will provide an alternative to suspension by giving school districts the option of creating a system to issue fines if necessary to parents whose children violate the district’s behavioral policy. “Unfortunately, educators’ only way to address […]

AAA sees record travel this year for Christmas

 

AAA projects the number of year-end holiday travelers will top 100 million for the first time on record. According to Newsroom.AAA.com, nearly one in three Americans will take a trip this holiday season, with 100.5 million expected to journey 50 miles or more from home. This represents a 1.4 percent increase over last year and […]

Loveless wants to cut funding for marriage project

 

Sen. Kyle D. Loveless, R-Oklahoma City, has filed Senate Bill 915, an act to prohibit state funding for Project Relate (The Oklahoma Marriage Initiative). “I believe strong marriages are the backbone of strong families, but I don’t think the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative makes sense. The data just doesn’t back up their claim of helping Oklahoma […]

Tulsa County Assessor scores 100% on audit

 

The Oklahoma Tax Commission, on behalf of the State Board of Equalization, has completed its annual performance audit of all 77 county assessor offices and reported its results to the Board on December 1st. Their report reflects that the Tulsa County Assessor achieved a perfect score of 100 percent, receiving 275 out of a possible […]

Tulsa city offices will be closed

 

City of Tulsa offices will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day (but open on New Year’s Eve). Public safety operations will operate as normal. Residents who need assistance with a water or sewer problem may call the following 24-hour emergency numbers: water – 918- 596-9488, and sewer – 918-586-6999. On Christmas Day […]

Attorney General warns about ‘IRS’ Christmas scams

 

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is warning to keep watch for a phone scam making its way across the state. The Attorney General’s Office has received a number of complaints from citizens who received phone calls from someone claiming to be a representative of the IRS. The callers use various scare tactics to deceive individuals […]

Tulsa is No. 41 in NY Eve parties

 

Tulsa is No. 41 when it comes to the best cities for a New Year’s Eve party, according to a survey by Wallethub.com. Tulsa comes in at No. 15 in terms of low cost partying and is third in the nation for low costs for three star hotels. Oklahoma City rates No. 76. The study […]

Sheriff’s race trimmed down to 10

 

Three candidates for sheriff were disqualified while a fourth survived a challenge in the race for Tulsa County Sheriff. John Fitzpatrick, a reserve officer, was challenged because of his status to run because he is not currently a full-time officer but members of the Tulsa County Election Board confirmed his validity last week. Those members […]