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It was a pretty normal St. Patrick's Day. Nathan Stewart and a couple of friends were hanging out, drinking a few beers, soaking up senior spring at the University of Virginia. Then an email landed in their inboxes: Classes were moving online and graduation was indefinitely postponed.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about Governor Stitt's "Safer at Home" policy to curb the outbreak of COVID-19, a US Department of Labor email asking local employment agencies to limit the amount of information released to the public and the State Health Department is withholding much needed medical supplies pending an audit.

Oklahoma State Department of Education

Oklahoma schools will remain shuttered for the spring 2020 semester to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Oklahoma State Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to close schools and implement a distance education program.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about Senate Bill 661 to temporarily alter the state's Open Meetings laws allowing public bodies to teleconference into meetings during the COVID-19 crisis and state lawmakers worry about the budget with oil prices declining as well as businesses and casinos closing to stem the spread of the corona virus.

 

Oklahoma students will continue receive meals from their schools during mass closures. The State of Oklahoma applied for and received two waivers from the US Department of Agriculture to distribute lunches to children living in low-income households.

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A Senate Committee passed a bill Monday morning that would force schools to display the national motto “In God We Trust” in every classroom.

Senate Bill 1016 requires the placement of the motto, as soon as private funds are available.

Grove Republican Senator Wayne Shaw says he authored the bill because the national motto is on the official currency of United States, so it should be in Oklahoma classrooms.