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Educational Freedom
Poll Shows More Than OEA Will Tell

January 15, 2018 - 4:54pm CST

Does a new poll commissioned by Oklahoma’s largest teachers union show that Oklahomans want their taxes raised? From the press release, op-ed, and media coverage, you might think so. Except that the poll itself says just about the opposite. While Oklahomans are concerned about education and abo... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: The truth about education spending

January 12, 2018 - 8:43am CST

Oklahomans know they’re not getting a good return on their public education investments. A survey last year of 1,016 likely Oklahoma voters by the firm Cor Strategies found that only 22 percent think taxpayers are getting a good ROI – while 66 percent do not. And it’s not just Republicans, 60 perc... READ MORE

When Quality Education Becomes a Matter of National Security

December 11, 2017 - 3:42pm CST

Jonathan Butcher (second from left) is pictured here at a 2014 panel discussion in Oklahoma City entitled "School Choice 2.0: Education Savings Accounts." Also pictured (from left) are OCPA distinguished fellow Andrew Spiropoulos, education researcher Matthew Ladner, and Heritage Foundation schola... READ MORE

Oklahoma’s ESSA Plan

December 8, 2017 - 10:01am CST

By Greg Forster Oklahoma has submitted its mandatory education plan to the federal government. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal government must approve the state’s plan as a condition of federal funding. More than anything else, Oklahoma’s plan illustrates the bankruptcy of ... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: Helping kids, saving money

December 8, 2017 - 8:55am CST

Thanks to actions of the Legislature and Gov. Mary Fallin, a program is helping the most vulnerable and saving taxpayers money. The Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship program, enacted in 2011, gives individuals and businesses a tax credit for contributions made to scholarship-granting... READ MORE

Oklahoma’s non-teaching staffing surge

November 28, 2017 - 1:28pm CST

Using categories defined by the National Center for Education Statistics at the U.S. Department of Education, all public school employees can be placed into one of two categories: (1) teachers, and (2) everybody else (hereafter called “non-teachers”).1 If schools receive more money, they are able t... READ MORE

Private-School Choice Boosts College Enrollment, Graduation

November 7, 2017 - 2:40pm CST

By Mike Brake The best test of any school choice program is this simple one: Does it help kids learn more? New research into the nation’s largest school choice program, Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program (FTC), shows that it clearly does. “Although several studies have documented the effects... READ MORE

Teacher Absenteeism Is a Problem in Oklahoma’s Public Schools

November 7, 2017 - 2:36pm CST

By J. E. McReynolds In Oklahoma, the chronic teacher absenteeism rate for charter schools is around 5 percent. In traditional public schools, it’s 20 percent. Students learn more when their regular teachers are in the classroom. They learn less when those teachers are absent. Charter schools have ... READ MORE

Profit Warning!

October 30, 2017 - 1:00pm CDT

For many folks in the public school establishment, it seems that “profit” is a scary word. Which is strange, because as Greg Forster once pointed out in Perspective: What does the education establishment always advocate? More spending. Where does that spending go? A good deal of it goes to for-pro... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: Just let them learn

October 27, 2017 - 8:45am CDT

As the results of Oklahoma public school student performance on state assessment tests emerge, the news is sobering. After decades of lying about student performance, administrators have finally adapted state tests to line up with national benchmarks. The results expose a decades-old scam: Regardl... READ MORE

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