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Educational Freedom
Demystifying ‘Emergency’ Certification

October 26, 2017 - 10:54am CDT

Shawn Sheehan did not grow up planning to teach public school. But just a few years after taking a substitute teaching gig in Norman, Sheehan was named Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. His story is not unlike that of many other great teachers who never intended to make professional education their... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: The honesty gap

October 20, 2017 - 9:01am CDT

It’s been called the “honesty gap” or the “proficiency gap.” For years, some Oklahoma education leaders have misled parents on student performance by setting a low bar. Thus, state officials have been able to claim “You’re doin’ fine, Oklahoma”– while the nation’s report card shows Oklahoma is not ... READ MORE

Oklahoma Voters Want Tax Dollars to Follow the Child

October 18, 2017 - 1:33pm CDT

Nearly two in three Oklahoma voters support using tax dollars to choose the public or private school which best meets their child’s needs. That’s one of the findings in a survey commissioned by OCPA just as the new school year was getting under way. The statewide survey of 1,016 likely Oklahoma vot... READ MORE

Oklahoma’s Higher Education Spending Outstrips the National Average

October 18, 2017 - 1:29pm CDT

State lawmakers, in their oversight role, should examine where the money is going. The chart below uses the latest available U.S. Census Bureau data to examine the growth in higher education spending (as a percent of the private-sector share of personal income) between fiscal year (FY) 1992 and FY ... READ MORE

Teacher Hiring Devastated by Emergency ‘Common Sense Shortage’

October 6, 2017 - 11:38am CDT

By Greg Forster Oklahoma’s education establishment and click-addicted media benefit from public hysteria about a “teacher shortage” and “emergency certifications.” But the general consensus is that the empirical research does not find evidence of educational value—at all—to teacher certification re... READ MORE

Expensive College Degrees Don’t Always Pay Off

September 28, 2017 - 11:32am CDT

During the 2017 regular legislative session, Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson penned an opinion article warning that “a college degree could become financially out of reach for some Oklahomans at a time when it has never been more valuable.” Johnson’s own degree has clearly proved valuable:... READ MORE

AP Reports State Funds 'Slashed,' 'Depleted'

September 27, 2017 - 10:09am CDT

Sean Murphy covers Oklahoma for the Associated Press, which means his articles can reach across the country. In August, one such article claimed to explain how state budget problems have led to low teacher pay. The picture Murphy paints of Oklahoma, however, is not entirely accurate. Murphy writes ... READ MORE

Oklahoma public school revenues are higher than ever

September 19, 2017 - 11:53am CDT

Total revenues for Oklahoma public schools are at an all-time record high. Since 2006, school revenues have risen by more than $2.5 billion, or 41 percent, and now stand at over $8.8 billion. This amounts to per-pupil revenues of more than $12,700 per student across the state, an increase since... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: Course choice is here

September 15, 2017 - 8:34am CDT

Should every Oklahoma high school student have access to a calculus class, or Mandarin Chinese, or Latin? With the school year underway and the Legislature considering a budget-focused special session, maybe you think this is a bad time to ask schools to do more? Education research shows that the m... READ MORE

Diversity and Community on Campus

September 14, 2017 - 2:28pm CDT

By Greg Forster As students arrive back at college this fall, the state of community on campus has been a hot topic all summer. It’s usually framed as a tradeoff between student rights to free speech and the solidarity of the community. In fact, giving students back their rights is the only hope to... READ MORE

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