Oklahoma

A commission created by Gov. George Nigh of Oklahoma to find ways to reduce state spending and to improve government operations has issued recommendations including the abolition of most state elective offices, the sale of surface rights to school lands, and the passage of a "right-to-work" law banning union shops.
November 14, 1984 – Education Week
A portion of an Oklahoma law that allows schools to fire employees for practicing or advocating certain homosexual activities has been struck down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver.
March 28, 1984 – Education Week
Gov. George P. Nigh of Oklahoma--who warned that the legislature's failure last year to increase taxes could imperil recent reforms in the state's education system--last week signed into law a temporary tax increase that will guarantee the state a balanced budget for the rest of the fiscal year.
February 22, 1984 – Education Week
Faced with a $155-million budget deficit and legislative resistance to higher taxes, Gov. George P. Nigh of Oklahoma has ordered state agencies to cut their budgets, beginning with a 26-percent reduction this month.
December 14, 1983 – Education Week
The constitutionality of an Oklahoma law that allows schools to dismiss employees for engaging in or advocating certain homosexual activities is being tested in a suit brought last year by a national gay-rights group. The law is the only one of its kind in the country.
September 28, 1983 – Education Week
While some states are struggling to keep their schools afloat, Oklahoma is in the enviable position of being economically healthy enough--thanks to increased manufacturing and oil and natural gas production--to upgrade teachers' salaries and create a new computer center within the state department of education.
April 7, 1982 – Education Week

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