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A Camel’s Nose In The Tent
March 21, 2022

This is a huge week for public education – and the future of rural Oklahoma. The deadline looms for Senate action on Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat’s voucher bill, SB 1647, that would steal publi

The Race For OK CD5
March 15, 2022

With the candidate filing deadline just a month away and with former U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn’s entry into the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, Oklahoma’s 2022 state and federal campaign se

Laws Or Justice
March 07, 2022

Four years after voters made clear they’d had enough of Oklahoma’s punitive approach to crime and punishment, state lawmakers are hellbent on permanently tilting the scales against true, restorative,

Public Ed For The Public Good
March 01, 2022

The last week of February marked the annual Public Schools Week, an opportunity for those who believe in a free public education for all to rally at the state Capitol in support of this pillar of our

Justice Becomes Retribution
February 21, 2022

Last week, Oklahoma executed its fourth inmate in less than four months. Next week, a federal court begins weighing whether the state’s lethal injection protocol constitutes cruel and unusual punishme

State Of The State
February 06, 2022

On Monday, Gov. Kevin Stitt will deliver his fourth State of the State to a joint session of the Oklahoma Legislature. For this week’s Observercast, we invited House Democratic Leader Emily Virgin, wh

#OklaEd In The Crosshairs
January 31, 2022

You’re not mistaken if you’ve noticed a theme in the first three episodes of Year 3 of Observercast: Education in Oklahoma. All signs point to a contentious year for education policy in the Legislatur

Teaching During Omicron
January 24, 2022

As if a decade of the nation’s deepest education funding cuts, exploding class sizes, underpaid and worn-out teachers fleeing the profession, steadily declining enrollment in teacher education program

School, At What Cost?
January 17, 2022

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s education secretary, Ryan Walters, dreams of being Oklahoma’s next state superintendent, but his attack on Omicron-besieged schools that halted in-person instruction temporarily to

Fiasco And Failure
December 13, 2021

For our final Observercast of 2021, Fiasco and Failure, Observer columnist and former Senate President Pro Tem Cal Hobson joins us to review the year’s statehouse follies – from Epic Charter Schools t