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China Plants Flag in Norman

June 1, 2017 - 1:56pm CDT

Why is the University of Oklahoma advancing the interests of one of America’s global adversaries? OU should close its Confucius Institute as soon as possible. By Mike Brake If you want to take a course in Chinese at the University of Oklahoma, or study Chinese culture, there’s a chance you’ll be i... READ MORE

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Does School Choice Expand the Welfare State?

June 1, 2017 - 1:52pm CDT

By Greg Forster Congratulations, Oklahoma! By pursuing school choice, you did the impossible—you turned some big-government progressives into radical libertarians. Unable to persuade Oklahomans to solve their problems by further expanding the omnipotent and omnibenevolent state, opponents of school... READ MORE

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By a Margin of 5 to 1, Oklahomans Say Let Teachers Vote on Unions

June 1, 2017 - 1:26pm CDT

By Brandon Dutcher “Getting public policy right in the area of education includes respecting teachers and freeing them from the shackles of old, outmoded systems,” OCPA president Jonathan Small wrote in The Journal Record on March 10. New survey data show that Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly agree... READ MORE

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School Choice Benefits Rural Students

May 25, 2017 - 3:28pm CDT

Today’s meeting of the Oklahoma School Choice Coalition meeting focused on how school choice can benefit rural Oklahomans. Brent Bushey of the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center and Michael McShane of the Show-Me Institute discussed “course choice,” personalized learning, ESAs, and more. We enco... READ MORE

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Hooray for the Four-Day School Week?

May 19, 2017 - 11:31am CDT

By Trent England What is the best way to evaluate education? While no measure is perfect, one might consider test scores, graduation rates, or success after graduation. Yet the consistently poor results of many Oklahoma students on these measures get clucks and sighs. Instead, citizens are told tha... READ MORE

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In Higher Education, Tuition Often Does More than Replace Lost Appropriations

May 18, 2017 - 11:46am CDT

By Neal McCluskey No one disputes that the sticker price of college—what schools charge, not necessarily what students end up paying—has for decades been rising at a very fast clip. What analysts disagree about is why. There are many possible explanations, but one that has a lot of adherents is th... READ MORE

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Will the IRS Give Us Educational Freedom?

May 15, 2017 - 3:32pm CDT

By Greg Forster As more people in Washington, D.C. have come to see that there are good reasons not to enact a national school voucher program, attention is turning to another proposal for federal school choice. The idea is for D.C. to use an alternative kind of program, known as a tax-credit schol... READ MORE

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Oklahoma Politicians Shouldn’t Penalize Parents

May 15, 2017 - 3:28pm CDT

By Brandon Dutcher Parents, not government officials, have the moral right to raise their children according to their consciences. That, in a nutshell, is why school choice is so important. Think about it. In a free society, the government rightly defers to parents when it comes to raising their ... READ MORE

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Hooray for the Four-Day School Week?

May 15, 2017 - 3:18pm CDT

By Trent England What is the best way to evaluate education? While no measure is perfect, one might consider test scores, graduation rates, or success after graduation. Yet the consistently poor results of many Oklahoma students on these measures get clucks and sighs. Instead, citizens are told tha... READ MORE

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The Bogus Budget: Money for Schools

May 9, 2017 - 4:24pm CDT

Can a government agency be so important that it must not be questioned or held to account? Of course, that would be absurd. It would guarantee waste, or worse. Every taxpayer dollar—whether spent on public safety, national defense, or education—should be spent well, even stretched, and is subje... READ MORE

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