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House approves bill requiring school districts to pay legal costs when they sue students/parents (access required)

School boards that sue parents or students and lose the case would be required to pay court costs and legal fees under a bill hotly debated but ultimately approved Wednesday by the Oklahoma Senate.

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Measures to deregulate public schools approved by House education panel (access required)

Two measures that would essentially exempt public schools from most state regulations passed out of the House Common Education Committee on Tuesday.

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DHS officials outline successes, program funding needs (access required)

Although funding has been fairly flat since FY 2010, the agency’s rising productivity rates show that the Department of Human Services is doing more with less, but it has some critical needs to address, Director Ed Lake told lawmakers Tuesday.

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Scholarship program for disabled children survives legal challenge on standing issue (access required)

By a vote of 7-2, the Oklahoma Supreme Court held Tuesday that two school districts lacked standing to challenge the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship program, which uses state education funding for scholarships enabling students with disabilities to attend private schools.

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Merging ALJs into independent body will reduce appearance of bias, conflict of interest, panel told (access required)

 Most administrative law judges are employed by the agencies for which they hold hearings, a situation  that lawmakers, former and current ALJs said Thursday gives the appearance of a conflict of interest—or in some instances actual bias. “There’s a built-in conflict of interest,” said Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City. “I’ve seen it in action.” Nelson, along with Rush Springs Rep. …

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Fallin signs ‘historic’ DHS reforms into law (access required)

“Today is a turning point,” Gov. Mary Fallin said Thursday, as she prepared to sign four pieces of legislation designed to reform the Department of Human Services from its governance and organizational structures to how it delivers important services such as child welfare and foster care.

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Two DHS commissioners resign in wake of Ethics Commission decision (access required)

Human services commissioners Steve Dow and Anne Roberts resigned Wednesday after Dow received a reprimand from the state Ethics Commission stating that he violated ethics regulations by serving on the commission and as chief executive officer of the Community Action Project of Tulsa, which has a contract with the Department of Human Services.

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House leaders reveal proposals for DHS reforms (access required)

A Department of Human Services without the commission that has been its constitutional oversight body for many decades. Four citizen advisory panels to help guide the massive welfare agency as it implements reforms mandated by a federal lawsuit settlement over alleged abuse and neglect of children in foster care. A new structure in which divisions that are in charge of …

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House vote gives OETA two-year extension (access required)

Discussion of whether the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority should remain a state entity is not new, but the debate has intensified this session.

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Debate over winding down OCIB venture capital program gets testy; Reynolds admonished, apologizes for language (access required)

When it came to the floor, SB 1159 may have seemed to many House members as just one more plank in the get-rid-of-tax-credits platform—and it is—but it generated contentious debate from a lawmaker who has been studying the Oklahoma Capital Investment Board and its programs for years.

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