Education, Family & Community

Great-grandmother seeks educational opportunity for at-risk children

Born in 1952, Linda Lewis did not envision being a caretaker for two young children during her golden years. But when her grandson was incarcerated and the mother of her great-grandchildren ran afoul of the Department of Human Services, she became the legal guardian for two of her great-grandchildren.

Ray Carter
February 24, 2020

In most states, governor appoints top school official

When Gov. Kevin Stitt proposed a vote of the people to make the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction appointive rather than elective, he was suggesting that Oklahoma join a growing consensus among states that appoint their chief state school official.

Mike Brake
February 20, 2020

Student privacy concerns raised due to bill’s passage

Legislation imposing new reporting mandates on a school-choice program has passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives even though the legislation does not include specific student-privacy protections that ensure compliance with federal law.

Ray Carter
February 18, 2020

Marijuana tax could pay for school buildings

Oklahoma schools with limited or no local property tax funding would receive marijuana tax revenue to help cover building costs under legislation approved by a Senate committee on Wednesday.

Ray Carter
February 13, 2020

How much money does a government school monopoly need?

In Oklahoma as elsewhere, there is no upper limit to demands for more money from a government school system that has consistently squandered regular spending increases. However much we spend, it’s never enough; however big the spending increase is, it’s still so small that expecting to see any results from it is unreasonable.

Greg Forster, Ph.D.
February 10, 2020
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