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Educational Freedom
Determining the Real Cost of Oklahoma's Public Education System

November 10, 2010 - 4:53pm CST

It’s time to use proper accounting to figure Oklahoma’s per-pupil expenditures. Here’s a step-by-step guide for policymakers.  Read More>> READ MORE

Special Needs: Seeking the Wisdom of Solomon

November 1, 2010 - 4:57pm CDT

In 2010, Oklahoma took a dramatic and historic step toward a “child-centric” rather than a "system-centric" approach to use of taxpayer dollars supporting education. The Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships were created. The law creating the program passed the state House with a combination of four De... READ MORE

Good Early-Childhood Policy Is Popular with Oklahoma Voters

October 1, 2010 - 5:09pm CDT

A scientific telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters registered in Oklahoma was conducted February 25 through March 8, 2010 by SoonerPoll, the same firm that conducts the “Oklahoma Poll” for the Tulsa World. The poll, which was commissioned by OCPA, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent... READ MORE

The Dirty Big Secret of Education Policy

October 1, 2010 - 5:04pm CDT

Education policy is back in the news like it hasn’t been in years. And if it feels like nothing’s changed, that’s because in some ways it hasn’t. Politicians are always offering us yet another quick fix that will finally make the public school system work. The quick fixes have varied over the years,... READ MORE

Many Voices, One Message in Opposition to State Question 744

October 1, 2010 - 5:02pm CDT

Policy analysts with ties to OCPA have raised the alarm about State Question 744 for several months. No surprise, there. Conservatives who have examined the proposal are unified in opposition to it. Something else is notable, if not totally surprising. Liberal and moderate leaders are speaking blun... READ MORE

Use Vouchers to Raise Oklahoma's Per-Pupil Expenditures

September 13, 2010 - 5:10pm CDT

The debate over State Question 744 has focused attention on Oklahoma’s relatively low level of per-pupil education funding. Data from the National Center for Education Statistics show that Oklahoma currently ranks 48th nationally (49th if you include the District of Columbia) in per-pupil education ... READ MORE

What Oklahoma Can Learn from Florida's Education Success

September 1, 2010 - 5:14pm CDT

As Florida’s recent education reforms are being praised and implemented by other states hoping to mirror Florida’s strong academic gains, it’s time for Oklahoma to take a page from the Florida playbook. Since 1998, Florida’s and Oklahoma’s academic results have taken divergent paths, as proved by t... READ MORE

Tight Budgets Can Spur Education Reform

September 1, 2010 - 5:12pm CDT

Let’s face it: The financial picture stinks for local and state governments, who are not only continuing to experience shortfalls in revenue but are finally beginning to pay the tab for irresponsible and not easily changeable spending commitments. The pensions of public employees, including teacher... READ MORE

Reforms With Results

August 11, 2010 - 5:17pm CDT

Read what Oklahoma can learn from Florida's K-12 education revolution. Read More » READ MORE

School Choice on the Move in Oklahoma

August 2, 2010 - 5:40pm CDT

At the end of this year’s legislative session, Oklahoma took a giant step in improving the educational opportunities of special-needs children. The Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program Act passed both houses of the Legislature, and Gov. Brad Henry, despite tremend... READ MORE

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