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Teachers Cite Dues, Ideology for OEA Membership Slide

January 16, 2018 - 2:40pm CST

The Oklahoma Education Association (OEA), the state’s largest teachers union, lost 5.7 percent of its active members last year and has lost nearly 20 percent over the last 5 years, according to National Education Association (NEA) financial reports compiled by labor union researcher Mike Antonucci. ... READ MORE

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Teacher union calls for boycott of Oklahoma Wesleyan-trained teachers

January 11, 2018 - 1:00pm CST

By Mike Brake In response to a recent newspaper column written by Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) president Everett Piper, the Bartlesville Education Association is calling for Bartlesville Public Schools to refrain from accepting student teachers from OKWU for any training in district clas... READ MORE

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State Chamber’s ‘OK2030’ plan recommends school choice

January 8, 2018 - 9:23am CST

By Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY—The State Chamber of Oklahoma Research Foundation has unveiled a comprehensive vision for public policy reforms aiming “to dramatically improve our state’s rankings and prospects.” The OK2030 document, described as “the culmination of a yearlong effort to ga... READ MORE

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Many Films Receiving Oklahoma Tax Rebate Produce No Box Office Receipts

November 15, 2017 - 2:37pm CST

By Jay Chilton, CIJ A declared goal for the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program is to enhance the image of the state to a nationwide audience. According to the Incentive Evaluation Commission Film Enhancement Rebate Program Draft Report, “the effect on Oklahoma’s image nationwide is unclear, b... READ MORE

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TSET Paid More Than $3 Million in Eight Years to Hospital Lobbying Organization

November 13, 2017 - 3:15pm CST

By Jay Chilton, CIJ The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) has given millions of dollars to fund smoking cessation and health-improvement-related charitable organizations since its creation in 2000. In 2009, the granting activities of the trust were expanded to include a grant of $6... READ MORE

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JAY CHILTON ON THE TRENT ENGLAND SHOW NOV. 13, 2017

November 13, 2017 - 1:33pm CST

Jay Chilton joins Toms to give an update on sports, the Heisman Trophy race, a new marketplace for veterans, teachers unions, and a look at T-SET spending levels. READ MORE

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Weinstein Film Cost Oklahoma Taxpayers $4.6 Million

November 6, 2017 - 4:39pm CST

By Jay Chilton, CIJ In 2005, the state of Oklahoma implemented a film incentive program with the goal of attracting movie and television productions to the state. “August: Osage County,” produced and distributed by the Weinstein Company, took advantage of the program in 2013, costing Oklahoma taxpa... READ MORE

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JAY CHILTON ON THE TRENT ENGLAND SHOW NOV. 6, 2017

November 6, 2017 - 1:51pm CST

Jay Chilton joins to give an update on Bedlam, the NFL, the Oklahoma connection to the World Series, the charter school lawsuit, and his latest piece on the "Hollywood Handouts." READ MORE

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Bullied Oklahoma Students Are Utilizing School-Choice Options

November 3, 2017 - 12:50pm CDT

In a meeting of the Oklahoma School Choice Coalition yesterday at OCPA, Jason Bedrick, the director of policy for EdChoice, made the case (via Google Hangout) that school choice can help keep children safe from bullying. The coalition, formed in 2009, is chaired by OCPA trustee Bill Price and meets ... READ MORE

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JAY CHILTON ON THE TRENT ENGLAND SHOW OCT. 30, 2017

October 30, 2017 - 1:51pm CDT

Trent talks with Jay Chilton about the World Series, the anti-tax-hikes pledge, and steam trains at the Oklahoma Railway Museum. READ MORE

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