(AP) - Many of the teachers who converged on their state capitols in protest this past spring are hoping to soon return _ this time as lawmakers. Hundreds of teachers are running for office in November elections. They say they want to be at the table when legislatures make decisions about public education spending and teacher wages, issues that were at the root of walkouts in states including Arizona, Oklahoma, and Kentucky.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City police say an officer fatally shot a man who pointed a gun at him as he responded to a disturbance at a convenience store. Police Capt. Bo Matthews says the shooting happened shortly before 1 a.m. Monday. Matthews says the man was bothering patrons in the parking lot and saying the store was "going to be shot up." Matthews says the officer has almost three years of service with the police department and has been placed on paid administrative leave.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma coalition is campaigning to reduce sentences of dozens of people incarcerated for crimes that no longer carry such severe punishments following the state's criminal justice reform efforts. The Oklahoman reports that Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform has partnered with University of Tulsa law students for what they call the "commutation campaign." The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board began initially reviewing about two dozen cases Monday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A new survey shows Oklahoma schools continue to struggle filling classroom positions after the largest teacher pay raise in state history. The Oklahoma State School Boards Association survey released Monday says another academic year will start with nearly 500 teacher vacancies statewide. School Boards Association Executive Director Shawn Hime said a failed effort to block tax increases that will help fund the pay raise pushed some teachers to leave the state.
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