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Educational Freedom
Parental Choice, Not Universal Preschool

December 13, 2013 - 5:21pm CST

“Why does Oklahoma still have a universal pre-kindergarten program?” That’s the question Jennifer Doverspike asks in an excellent article over at TheFederalist.com (“The False Promise of Universal Pre-Kindergarten”). Doverspike is the founder and editor of Six Forty Nine: Resource-Driven Parenting... READ MORE

With a Henry Scholarship, ‘We Now Have Hope’

December 13, 2013 - 3:19pm CST

An Oklahoma scholarship program for special-needs students is once again under attack, Watchdog.org reports (“Lawsuit by public-school educators attacks Oklahoma scholarship program for special-needs children”). “A motley crew of plaintiffs has filed a lawsuit asking the Oklahoma courts to toss out... READ MORE

For One Oklahoma Family, School-Choice Scholarship Came as a 'Gift from God'

November 14, 2013 - 5:25pm CST

For years, Judith and Jacob Suarez prayed to be able to send their four children to Catholic schools. As active parishioners at Saint Eugene Catholic Church in Oklahoma City, they often encountered families whose kids attended private schools—and they couldn’t help but notice the resources availabl... READ MORE

Bullied Students Deserve School Choice

November 14, 2013 - 5:23pm CST

We expect our schools to keep our children safe from bullies. But what should parents do when their assigned government school becomes the bully? That’s what happened to the parents of Eileen Parkman, a Hawaiian second-grader who courageously stood up to several fifth-grade boys who were kicking an... READ MORE

Inside Oklahoma Education: What’s Right, What’s Wrong, and How to Fix It

October 10, 2013 - 5:32pm CDT

Critics of public education can justifiably point to piles of data showing stagnant test scores and other indicators of failure. School defenders say that isn’t important, that wonderful things happen in our schools as dedicated teachers triumph over great odds. Sadly, neither side seems to spend mu... READ MORE

Parental Choice Preferable to Increased Government Spending

October 10, 2013 - 5:31pm CDT

You may have heard the latest round of complaining about Oklahoma’s allegedly low per-pupil expenditures. Here are five observations: First, we don’t know how much money the government spends on education. “Nobody knows, not even the principal,” scholars Chester Finn and Michael Petrilli write. “Th... READ MORE

America Is Choosing Educational Freedom, As the Future Rushes In

October 10, 2013 - 5:28pm CDT

You might say, in the immortal words of Charles Dickens, that when it comes to education reform, particularly choice, these are “the best of times, and the worst of times. “ On the downside, endless legal challenges continue to arise every time a choice system is enacted or implemented. On the upsi... READ MORE

Giving School Choice the Milton Friedman Test

September 6, 2013 - 5:33pm CDT

July 31 marked the 101st anniversary of Milton Friedman’s birth. The date was celebrated across the nation, particularly—and rightly—by school-choice advocates. Although Friedman launched the modern school-choice movement and lived to see it rise to national prominence, there is still more that thos... READ MORE

OSUIT President Warns of Higher-Ed Tipping Point

August 5, 2013 - 4:59pm CDT

The signs are all around us that big changes are afoot in higher education. Here are three more: According to a recent USA Today report, 11 colleges and universities in Oklahoma have students who are more likely to default on their loans than they are to graduate. A former United States Se... READ MORE

Policymakers Should Fund What Works

August 5, 2013 - 4:58pm CDT

“There’s a tradition in education,” former New York City schools chancellor Frank Macchiarola once observed, “that if you spend a dollar and it doesn’t work, you should spend two dollars; and not only that, you should give those two dollars to the same person who couldn’t do the job with only one.” ... READ MORE

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