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Educational Freedom
Private-School Choice Boosts College Enrollment, Graduation

November 7, 2017 - 2:40pm CST

By Mike Brake The best test of any school choice program is this simple one: Does it help kids learn more? New research into the nation’s largest school choice program, Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program (FTC), shows that it clearly does. “Although several studies have documented the effects... READ MORE

Teacher Absenteeism Is a Problem in Oklahoma’s Public Schools

November 7, 2017 - 2:36pm CST

By J. E. McReynolds In Oklahoma, the chronic teacher absenteeism rate for charter schools is around 5 percent. In traditional public schools, it’s 20 percent. Students learn more when their regular teachers are in the classroom. They learn less when those teachers are absent. Charter schools have ... READ MORE

Profit Warning!

October 30, 2017 - 1:00pm CDT

For many folks in the public school establishment, it seems that “profit” is a scary word. Which is strange, because as Greg Forster once pointed out in Perspective: What does the education establishment always advocate? More spending. Where does that spending go? A good deal of it goes to for-pro... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: Just let them learn

October 27, 2017 - 8:45am CDT

As the results of Oklahoma public school student performance on state assessment tests emerge, the news is sobering. After decades of lying about student performance, administrators have finally adapted state tests to line up with national benchmarks. The results expose a decades-old scam: Regardl... READ MORE

Demystifying ‘Emergency’ Certification

October 26, 2017 - 10:54am CDT

Shawn Sheehan did not grow up planning to teach public school. But just a few years after taking a substitute teaching gig in Norman, Sheehan was named Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. His story is not unlike that of many other great teachers who never intended to make professional education their... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: The honesty gap

October 20, 2017 - 9:01am CDT

It’s been called the “honesty gap” or the “proficiency gap.” For years, some Oklahoma education leaders have misled parents on student performance by setting a low bar. Thus, state officials have been able to claim “You’re doin’ fine, Oklahoma”– while the nation’s report card shows Oklahoma is not ... READ MORE

Oklahoma Voters Want Tax Dollars to Follow the Child

October 18, 2017 - 1:33pm 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 survey commissioned by OCPA just as the new school year was getting under way. The statewide survey of 1,016 likely Oklahoma vot... READ MORE

Oklahoma’s Higher Education Spending Outstrips the National Average

October 18, 2017 - 1:29pm CDT

State lawmakers, in their oversight role, should examine where the money is going. The chart below uses the latest available U.S. Census Bureau data to examine the growth in higher education spending (as a percent of the private-sector share of personal income) between fiscal year (FY) 1992 and FY ... READ MORE

Teacher Hiring Devastated by Emergency ‘Common Sense Shortage’

October 6, 2017 - 11:38am CDT

By Greg Forster Oklahoma’s education establishment and click-addicted media benefit from public hysteria about a “teacher shortage” and “emergency certifications.” But the general consensus is that the empirical research does not find evidence of educational value—at all—to teacher certification re... READ MORE

Expensive College Degrees Don’t Always Pay Off

September 28, 2017 - 11:32am CDT

During the 2017 regular legislative session, Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson penned an opinion article warning that “a college degree could become financially out of reach for some Oklahomans at a time when it has never been more valuable.” Johnson’s own degree has clearly proved valuable:... READ MORE

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