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Making the grade

State education officials plan to employ a letter-grade system for assessing schools.


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Clifton Adcock
A strategy to give Oklahoma public schools and school districts letter grades hopefully will be “transformative” to the state’s education system, state Superintendent Janet Barresi said.
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The gap trap

OKC budget could face a nearly $19 million gap by 2017.


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Clifton Adcock
Oklahoma City could face an $18.7 million budget gap within the next five years, the City Council learned during its first budget workshop of the year.
 
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Core issues

Comments in a Core to Shore study rankle some on the MAPS 3 streetcar panel.


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Clifton Adcock
Oklahoma City’s 6-year-old plan to develop land between downtown and the Oklahoma River, the Core to Shore plan, is still relevant — it just needs a little tweaking, according to a recent review of it.
 
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

School days

Three candidates vie for an open seat on the OKC school board.


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Clifton Adcock
Three candidates are vying for an open seat on the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education.
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Alternate route

After a recent denial for a federal grant, officials look to other subsidies for the city’s intermodal transit hub.


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Clifton Adcock
Oklahoma City officials are looking for other ways to fund improvements to the city’s planned intermodal transit hub after failing to win a federal grant.
 
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The next step

State and city officials mull transparency of elections in a post-Citizens United world.


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Clifton Adcock
The Oklahoma Ethics Commission has sent a recommendation to the state Legislature that it be removed from oversight of local elections and the laws governing such elections be scrapped and rewritten.
 
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Civil discord

Disagreement between two city entities leads to construction delays for a Project 180 park.


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Clifton Adcock
They say you can’t fight city hall — but perhaps that doesn’t apply if city hall is fighting city hall.
 
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Arrested development

The state Ethics Commission declines to proceed with proposed changes to city election laws.


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Clifton Adcock
The Oklahoma Ethics Commission declined at its special Jan. 12 meeting to send to the Legislature proposed changes to the laws governing local elections and campaign finance disclosure.
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Flying high

OKC and state officials hammer out incentives packages for Boeing as it moves 800-plus jobs here.


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Clifton Adcock
Oklahoma City officials are likely to consider by next fall an incentives package to Boeing for an anticipated 800 to 900 jobs being relocated from Wichita, Kan.
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Defense spending

Uncle Sam hosts garage sales, featuring surplus military items.


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Clifton Adcock
A dimly lit warehouse in southwest Oklahoma City is reminiscent of the closing scene in “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” in which the Ark of the Covenant is boxed away and tucked among a never-ending trove of government secrets.
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Parents behind bars

A state task force makes recommendations to improve the lives of children of the incarcerated.


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Clifton Adcock
About 26,000 children in Oklahoma have at least one parent in prison. Factor in kids with a parent in a county or city jail or federal prison, and that number is even higher.
 
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Monkey saved, monkey do

A Newcastle sanctuary provides a chance for abused and abandoned primates.


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Clifton Adcock
From the darkness of the dog carrier, the primates shyly emerged into the light, their bright red faces outlined by gray fur as they cautiously looked out of the cage.
 
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

State of nations

For Oklahoma’s tribes, it has been a time of major challenge and change.


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Clifton Adcock
From high-profile elections to high-profile lawsuits, 2011 was a busy year for Oklahoma’s American Indian tribes.
 
Wednesday, January 4, 2012

No womb at the inn

City fire officials say the Womb Gallery doesn’t meet code for a planned New Year’s party.


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Clifton Adcock
A planned New Year’s after-party to be held at an Oklahoma City art gallery might not be happening after all because of alleged city code violations.
 
Friday, December 30, 2011

Getting schooled

The state gets an ‘E’ for effort, but no gold star in the Race to the Top competition for early childhood education funding.


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Clifton Adcock
Oklahoma has been considered a leader in early childhood education, consistently topping national rankings for accessibility and accountability in that realm.
 
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
 
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