Newspaper Articles – Patrick B. McGuigan

Oklahoma Legislature Loosens Third-Grade Reading Mandate

OKLAHOMA CITY—It took just about 24 hours for both houses of the state legislature to override Gov. Mary Fallin’s veto of a bill to loosen the state’s new third-grade reading test requirement.

Common Core Support Collapses in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma could become the second state to abandon the controversial Common Core curriculum mandates for public schools.

Oklahoma House Takes Up E-Cigs Regulation

Bills under consideration in the Oklahoma House this week touch the use, and possible regulation, of electronic smoking devices.

Lawsuit Attacks Oklahoma Special-Needs Scholarships

OKLAHOMA CITY — A lawsuit filed in Oklahoma County District Court seeks to have a special-needs scholarship program declared unconstitutional.

Insure Oklahoma Program Receives One-Year Reprieve

Oklahoma has received a one-year extension of Insure Oklahoma, the insurance premium assistance program which had been threatened by regulations under President Obama’s health care law.

Oklahoma Medicaid Expansion Will Likely Cost State’s Taxpayers

Expansion of Medicaid coverage under President Obama’s health care law will either result in long-term savings worth millions to Oklahoma taxpayers, or will cost state taxpayers an additional $11.4