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Despite continued opposition to new public-school standards, Oklahoma education officials say they are more confident than they were earlier this year that the standards will be fully implemented.
In a national survey conducted by the Center on Education Policy at George Washington University, Oklahoma State Department of Education officials indicated in May that it was “somewhat likely” that the state’s decision to adopt Common Core State Standards would be reversed, limited or changed, according to a copy of the survey obtained by Oklahoma Watch through an Open Records Act request.
Whether it's Oklahoma's conservative reputation or the national profile of its own Republican leaders, the Sooner State is proving to be a popular spot lately for GOP superstars.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to attend a birthday party fundraiser for Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday. And last week U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor visited Tulsa to raise money for U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine.
Oklahoma could see more jobs, if predictions from a new economic forecast come true.
Economist Dan Rickman expects 20,000 jobs will be added to the state’s economy in the next year. He says most of those will come in the administrative and support services, with more than 5,000 new workers.
Alfredo Corchado has spent nearly 20 years covering his native country as the Mexico bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News.
From first reporting on government protests in Ciudad Juárez in the mid-80s, through five presidential administrations and a violent drug war with no end in sight, he says he’s always left with the fact that it’s not enough.