OU clears Confucius Institute but some question review
OU clears Confucius Institute but some question review
Arthur Kane | April 24, 2015|   10
The University of Oklahoma completed its review of their Confucius Institute, finding no wrong doing, but a critic of CI questioned the thoroughness of the investigation.
Were suspicious test scores investigated in Oklahoma?
Were suspicious test scores investigated in Oklahoma?
Arthur Kane | April 20, 2015|   0
In 2012, then-Oklahoma State School Superintendent Janet Barresi vowed to look into suspicious test scores in Tulsa and three other school districts – a pattern similar to the cheating scandal in Atlanta, where last week several educators received prison terms for racketeering convictions.
Oklahoma lawmakers want to legalize switchblades, regulate burial depths
Oklahoma lawmakers want to legalize switchblades, regulate burial depths
Arthur Kane | February 18, 2015|   31
By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org It’s a bill that Sharks and the Jets would love. State Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, introduced legislation that is perfect for the gangs in “West Side Story” because it legalizes carrying switchblade knives. But under Senate Bill 198, daggers, Bowie knives and sword canes would still have to stay home. And a bill by [...]
Oklahoma senator seeks to eliminate agencies, but fears GOP opposition
Oklahoma senator seeks to eliminate agencies, but fears GOP opposition
Arthur Kane | February 16, 2015|   75
Oklahoma taxpayers, who have a $600 million state budget hole to fill, are funding museums to late humorist Will Rogers and a massive gun collection, a space development authority and staffing a Native American museum scheduled to open in 2017 — but only if it can get millions more in funding.
Half dozen open records bills introduced this year in Oklahoma
Half dozen open records bills introduced this year in Oklahoma
Arthur Kane | February 11, 2015|   4
By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org In Oklahoma, the executive branch is subject to open records laws and must provide budgets, emails and many other documents to anyone who asks. But the judicial and legislative branches are exempt from any transparency requirements despite doing the public’s business and spending public money. Two lawmakers have introduced bills this year to [...]
OK lawmaker pushes for school choice savings accounts
OK lawmaker pushes for school choice savings accounts
Arthur Kane | January 28, 2015|   85
An Oklahoma lawmaker is pushing for education savings accounts that will put a portion of per-student money into a fund parents can use for private schools, tutors and even higher education.
As gas prices drop for record 16th straight week, state budgets scramble
As gas prices drop for record 16th straight week, state budgets scramble
Rob Nikolewski | January 21, 2015|   11
Crashing prices at the pump is good news for drivers but it's a challenge for budgets in states that rely heavily on oil and gas revenue.
Are large OU faculty, staff salaries driving student debt?
Are large OU faculty, staff salaries driving student debt?
Arthur Kane | January 15, 2015|   16
By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org University of Oklahoma accounting professor Dipankar Ghosh took home $224,400 in pay last year and the school paid him another $88,349 for additional administrative work for a total salary of $312,749, school records show. Hong Liu, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, took home $306,000 last year as a base salary, according to [...]
Tulsa doesn’t know how much taxpayers spend on vacation, sick leave payments
Tulsa doesn’t know how much taxpayers spend on vacation, sick leave payments
Arthur Kane | December 26, 2014|   0
Tulsa, Okla., City Manager Jim Twombly apparently doesn’t know how much taxpayers pay to retiring workers in accrued sick and vacation leave each year, and he has ignored an open records request on city salaries for more than a month.
As pump prices tumble, states feel pinch of lower oil prices
As pump prices tumble, states feel pinch of lower oil prices
Rob Nikolewski | December 17, 2014|   490
Crashing prices at the pump is good news for drivers but could prove to be a problem for budgets in states that rely heavily on oil and gas revenue.