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Comparing Oklahoma School Districts to Surrounding States

July 17, 2017 - 1:03pm CDT

Amidst discussion of funding for public education, an important point is often overlooked: the sheer number of school districts within Oklahoma and the administrative costs that accompany them. Caddo County—a 1,200 square mile county in southwest Oklahoma—has almost as many school districts as the ... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: Hope for foster kids

July 14, 2017 - 8:47am CDT

At any given time, there are several thousand Oklahoma children in foster care, often due to abuse or neglect. Others have been adopted from state custody, but in both cases, these children frequently have difficulty adapting to a typical school environment. They need a more nurturing and structured... READ MORE

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School Choice and Segregation

July 12, 2017 - 4:15pm CDT

By Greg Forster If you want to make sure schools are segregated, the quickest and easiest way to do it is to force families into schools based on their ZIP codes. Segregation flourishes under the government monopoly—both because schools are tied to ZIP codes and because power brokers draw the atten... READ MORE

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Oklahoma Education Spending Continues to Rise

July 10, 2017 - 11:35am CDT

By Byron Schlomach In a recent policy brief published by the 1889 Institute (“Public Education Spending in a Historical Context”), I made the case that Americans have lavished more resources on public education than even the National Education Association would have dreamed of a hundred years ago. ... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: Regents miss opportunity

July 7, 2017 - 8:15am CDT

The various boards of regents that govern Oklahoma’s colleges and universities have approved increases in tuition and fees for the coming academic year. Many regents approve tuition and fee increases whether or not state support increases or decreases. First, the bad news. The tuition and fee incre... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: Heard it through the grapevine

June 30, 2017 - 8:35am CDT

One thing we should expect from government officials is a respect for basic arithmetic. Sadly, David Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma, and Don Betz, his counterpart at the University of Central Oklahoma, seem careless about reality and arithmetic when they contend that Oklahoma’s supp... READ MORE

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How Does Oklahoma Higher Education Funding Really Compare to Other States?

June 22, 2017 - 2:57pm CDT

Those who understand Oklahoma know a dollar here goes a long way compared to most other states. According to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, Oklahoma has the 3rd lowest cost of living among the 50 states. This is an attraction people and companies looking to relocate (for exam... READ MORE

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No, Oklahoma is not “dead last” in higher education funding

June 22, 2017 - 11:01am CDT

"Now we're officially dead last (nationally) in what we spend as a state in higher education." – David Boren speaking to the OU Board of Regents on June 19, 2017 This claim, also made by UCO President Don Betz, has been used to support tuition hikes at Oklahoma’s state colleges and universitie... READ MORE

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Bartlesville School Board Looks Out for Taxpayers

June 21, 2017 - 1:05pm CDT

The Bartlesville school board this week voted unanimously to outsource the schools’ janitorial services, the Examiner-Enterprise reports. The current janitorial staff were being managed by the principals at each site, which Preston Birk, the district’s chief financial officer, said was ineffective.... READ MORE

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Oklahoma Higher Education Spending Continues to Rise

June 1, 2017 - 1:59pm CDT

By Trent England The Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education and administrations of state universities and colleges have become a retirement center of sorts for former politicians. Theirs are among the loudest voices at the Capitol and in the media arguing that their funding has been cut to the core.... READ MORE

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