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Test scores don’t align with life outcomes

April 17, 2018 - 9:17am CDT

A growing body of research has been finding that rising test scores in school don’t correspond with improved long-term life outcomes. The latest news is a major meta-analysis combining data from 39 prior analyses to find that increases in reading and math scores have no important impact on high scho... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: Turf over textbooks?

April 13, 2018 - 9:08am CDT

In 2018, Oklahomans will see the largest teacher pay raise in state history, dramatic tax increases, and record total funding for education. Since March 29, $610 million in new tax increases and annual revenues have become law. Since the 2015 legislative session, more than $1 billion in new tax incr... READ MORE

School districts’ funding confusing to taxpayers

April 11, 2018 - 11:12am CDT

By Mike Brake As teachers from across Oklahoma descended upon the state Capitol to make their voices heard regarding what they consider to be low pay, overcrowded classrooms, and outdated textbooks, work was churning ahead in at least two central Oklahoma school districts on plush new football stad... READ MORE

Outsider involvement in school staff protests

April 10, 2018 - 10:07am CDT

Staff Reports Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, who won Oklahoma Democrats’ support in the 2016 presidential primary, threw his state organization behind the school shutdown this week, while law enforcement warned that potentially violent outsiders might try to infiltrate the marchers. The Sa... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: The $106K teacher

April 6, 2018 - 8:35am CDT

School choice is good for teachers. With so much focus on education policy right now, that’s an important fact. Calculating the pay raise, Oklahoma teachers rank 31st in raw dollars nationally. Economist Byron Schlomach, a scholar-in-residence at the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise at Ok... READ MORE

Teacher shortage? Not here

April 5, 2018 - 3:51pm CDT

Did you know that one of Oklahoma’s largest public-school systems, though near the bottom in per-pupil funding, is at or near the top in teacher pay ($63,000 on average)? Its highest-paid teacher earns $106,324—reminding us that school choice is good for teachers, too. David Chaney, founder and supe... READ MORE

With a raise, where do Oklahoma teachers rank in the region?

April 5, 2018 - 1:47pm CDT

Next fiscal year, the State Board of Education budget is set to increase by $480 million. The majority of this money will be used to provide pay raises to teachers, ranging from $5,000 to $8,000 with an average raise of $6,100. Before this raise, Oklahoma teacher salaries ranked 49 out of the 50 sta... READ MORE

Can we trust local school districts?

April 3, 2018 - 12:37pm CDT

A huge tax hike. A historic pay raise for teachers. Increased state funding for support staff, textbooks, and other operations. All that happened last week. This week? Teachers are on strike … sort of. School boards and administrators have closed schools to protest for more. What gives? After a... READ MORE

Education Data Tool

April 3, 2018 - 9:09am CDT

Education spending, student enrollment, and spending per student from 2005-2006 to 2016-2017 Note: Data for this application are compiled from the Oklahoma Cost Accounting System (OCAS) and provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE). Visitors to the OSDE website will notice a sha... READ MORE

Gallogly: ‘We will not have waste on campus’

April 2, 2018 - 3:15pm CDT

James Gallogly has been selected as the next president of the University of Oklahoma. OCPA president Jonathan Small says “it’s a terrific hire.” Gallogly aims for OU to be elite. For example, one of his goals “is to have the College of Engineering be on a par with the Purdues of the world, the MI... READ MORE

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