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Are Public School Teachers Underpaid?

December 5, 2011 - 3:19pm CST

My colleague at The Heritage Foundation, Jason Richwine, along with co-author Andrew Biggs of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), has published a groundbreaking new paper on teacher compensation. The authors find that public school teachers “make total compensation 52 percent greater than fair ... READ MORE

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Parents Deserve Preschool Choices

December 5, 2011 - 3:17pm CST

In each of the last two years, thanks to a special-needs scholarship bill signed by Gov. Brad Henry and an equal-opportunity scholarship bill signed by Gov. Mary Fallin, parents have been given more educational options for their children from preschool to high school. In 2012, let’s give the parent... READ MORE

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Oklahoma's 'Best' School Districts Are Mediocre

November 7, 2011 - 3:27pm CST

The problems of Oklahoma City and Tulsa Public Schools are well known. What is much less understood is that many of Oklahoma’s affluent suburban districts are also badly in need of improvement. Suburban school districts may be performing much better than their urban neighbors, but they are barely k... READ MORE

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How Does Your School District Stack Up Internationally?

November 7, 2011 - 3:23pm CST

The Global Report Card, which Jay P. Greene and Josh B. McGee discuss on page 4, “enables users to compare academic achievement in math and reading between 2004 and 2007 for virtually every public school district in the United States with the average achievement in a set of 25 other countries with d... READ MORE

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Our Profitable (and Profligate) Universities

November 7, 2011 - 3:21pm CST

Undergraduate education is a highly profitable business for nonprofit colleges and universities. But how, you may ask, can a nonprofit have profits? Simply put, it happens when the revenue the nonprofit derives from providing a service exceeds the cost of providing that service. Such schools never ... READ MORE

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Let’s Diversify Our Preschool Portfolio

October 4, 2011 - 3:28pm CDT

Proponents of prekindergarten (pre-K) believe that children need to be institutionally prepared for kindergarten. For example, there are curricula such as “READY! for Kindergarten” that set reading, math, and emotional targets for children starting as early as age one.1 Pre-K proponents at the Annie... READ MORE

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What to Expect from Enrolling in College

September 6, 2011 - 3:38pm CDT

Oklahomans have many options to choose from when selecting a college. Information—specifically, information concerning the value added from attending one college versus another—is essential when shopping around for colleges. One important piece of information is the expected college wage premium fo... READ MORE

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Beware the U.S. Department of Education SWAT Team

September 6, 2011 - 3:32pm CDT

Add the U.S. Department of Education to the list of federal agencies that can invade your home at gunpoint and hold you and your family in custody for hours. Kenneth Wright learned this the hard way in June when federal “education” agents busted down the front door of his Stockton, California, home... READ MORE

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The Year of School Choice

August 4, 2011 - 3:40pm CDT

When I bet Jay Mathews of The Washington Post that school choice would have a banner year in 2011, I had no idea what kind of forces I was tampering with. This has been far and away the biggest year ever for school choice, with an unprecedented string of victories across the nation. It all started ... READ MORE

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Education in the Digital Age: Policy Reforms to Improve Learning Options in Oklahoma

July 29, 2011 - 3:45pm CDT

Across the nation, a growing number of students are benefiting from innovative online learning options. These options range from full-time online schools to part-time virtual course offerings and classroom- based blended-learning programs. According to the International Association for K-12 Online L... READ MORE

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