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FBI Monitoring Chinese-Run Confucius Institutes

February 27, 2018 - 3:09pm CST

By Mike Brake The FBI is concerned that an arm of the Chinese government has a major presence on more than 100 American college and university campuses, including the University of Oklahoma, according to recent testimony before a U. S. Senate committee. FBI Director Christopher Wray told t... READ MORE

After Step Up plan fails, OKCPS chief urges employees to contact lawmakers

February 22, 2018 - 9:28am CST

The acting superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools used the district’s taxpayer-funded email system to urge teachers and other staff members to lobby state lawmakers in the wake of the failure of the Step Up Oklahoma tax increase/teacher pay plan, OCPA has learned. “Yes this did come from OK... READ MORE

Free-speech controversy continues at UCO

February 13, 2018 - 3:20pm CST

The visit by Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis (AiG) to the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in Edmond was scrubbed last week. UCO is now the Sooner State’s third largest higher education facility, so the move got attention. Administrators say they did not cancel the engagement, scheduled for M... READ MORE

Private Placements Benefit High-Needs Students

February 6, 2018 - 9:11am CST

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) and the schools it serves spend up to $2 million annually—as much as $200,000 per student—to send selected students with profound disabilities to private residential schools in other states, according to data provided by OSDE. Most of those students... READ MORE

Tax Foundation Critiques ‘Step Up Oklahoma’ Tax Plan

January 24, 2018 - 11:29am CST

The Tax Foundation, a well-known nonprofit that studies fiscal policy across the United States, has issued a critical analysis of the combination of tax changes and tax increases advanced over the past two weeks by Step Up Oklahoma. The foundation said the envisioned changes would make the stat... READ MORE

Teachers Cite Dues, Ideology for OEA Membership Slide

January 16, 2018 - 2:40pm CST

The Oklahoma Education Association (OEA), the state’s largest teachers union, lost 5.7 percent of its active members last year and has lost nearly 20 percent over the last 5 years, according to National Education Association (NEA) financial reports compiled by labor union researcher Mike Antonucci. ... READ MORE

Teacher union calls for boycott of Oklahoma Wesleyan-trained teachers

January 11, 2018 - 1:00pm CST

By Mike Brake In response to a recent newspaper column written by Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) president Everett Piper, the Bartlesville Education Association is calling for Bartlesville Public Schools to refrain from accepting student teachers from OKWU for any training in district clas... READ MORE

State Chamber’s ‘OK2030’ plan recommends school choice

January 8, 2018 - 9:23am CST

By Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY—The State Chamber of Oklahoma Research Foundation has unveiled a comprehensive vision for public policy reforms aiming “to dramatically improve our state’s rankings and prospects.” The OK2030 document, described as “the culmination of a yearlong effort to ga... READ MORE

Many Films Receiving Oklahoma Tax Rebate Produce No Box Office Receipts

November 15, 2017 - 2:37pm CST

By Jay Chilton, CIJ A declared goal for the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program is to enhance the image of the state to a nationwide audience. According to the Incentive Evaluation Commission Film Enhancement Rebate Program Draft Report, “the effect on Oklahoma’s image nationwide is unclear, b... READ MORE

TSET Paid More Than $3 Million in Eight Years to Hospital Lobbying Organization

November 13, 2017 - 3:15pm CST

By Jay Chilton, CIJ The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) has given millions of dollars to fund smoking cessation and health-improvement-related charitable organizations since its creation in 2000. In 2009, the granting activities of the trust were expanded to include a grant of $6... READ MORE

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