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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

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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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A Solution to the Campus Free-Speech Crisis

September 14, 2017 - 2:13pm CDT

By Jonathan Butcher When you suggest that someone should act like an adult and then that person demands you be fired, you’re either part of a reality TV show or on a college campus. Ratings guard free speech in the former, while free speech is in peril in the latter. At many of America’s colleges a... READ MORE

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Three Higher Ed Reform Ideas

September 14, 2017 - 2:03pm CDT

By David Deming Over the past few years the higher education establishment in Oklahoma has repeatedly warned that their mission of education is being compromised by a funding crisis. They want more money but offer nothing in return. Administrators have turned a blind eye to glaring problems and ex... READ MORE

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The Higher Ed Defunding That’s Yet to Come?

September 14, 2017 - 1:45pm CDT

This is Oklahoma—not Oregon or Vermont. When will higher ed officials wake up? By Brandon Dutcher There’s been much hand-wringing lately among some higher-education officials and journalists (to the extent those can be distinguished) about Oklahoma’s recent reduction in government spending on high... READ MORE

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Despite Higher Ed Officials' Claims, Spending Hovers Near All-Time Highs

September 11, 2017 - 3:30pm CDT

Over the past year, Oklahoma’s higher education administrators have been quick to vocalize a doomsday scenario for Oklahoma’s colleges and universities if the state legislature reduced appropriations again. As we now know, the legislature did indeed cut funding for the 2018 fiscal year, and higher e... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: Dangerous distractions

September 1, 2017 - 10:32am CDT

If we truly care about helping the most vulnerable and empowering Oklahomans, then a focus on what’s productive is crucial. According to data from the Oklahoma State Department of Education, approximately 25 percent of Oklahoma City Public Schools students are African-American and 54 percent are Hi... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: Voters want school choice

August 18, 2017 - 1:43pm CDT

Earlier this year in a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, public school parent Sen. James Lankford – and self-described avid supporter of public education – discussed why he also believes school choice is important. And, Sen. Lankford isn’t alone. According to a new survey of likely Oklahoma v... READ MORE

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Oklahomans Want School Choices, Want Tax Dollars to Follow the Child

August 15, 2017 - 9:00am 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 new survey commissioned by OCPA just as the new school year gets under way. The statewide survey of 1,016 likely Oklahoma vo... READ MORE

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Tuition Sticker Price is Not the Real Cost to Students, Families

August 14, 2017 - 4:02pm CDT

The Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education met June 28 and 29 to review state appropriation levels for the 2018 Fiscal Year and decide on the ever-pressing question of just how much state universities and colleges may charge their students in tuition--this year increasing rates an average of 5.3%. Un... READ MORE

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