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Oklahoma’s Demographic Trends Point Up the Need for Education-Delivery Modernization

April 22, 2015 - 9:57am EDT

“How hard should Oklahoma hold on to the K-12 status-quo, and where is it taking the state?” Dr. Matthew Ladner asks in this month’s issue of Perspective. The last 15 years of K-12 outputs amount to “a lost decade plus halfway through a second,” he says, and “thi... READ MORE

Oklahomans want Transparency for Federal Funding

April 21, 2015 - 10:27am EDT

The Oklahoma Senate is considering House Bill 1748, which would require state agencies to disclose information about their relationships with the federal government. The bill is part of a multi-state effort to increase transparency when it comes to “free” federal money. In fact, these fe... READ MORE

Medicaid reform urgently needed

April 14, 2015 - 5:07pm EDT

Given lower revenues available for appropriation by lawmakers, there is no better time than now to implement Medicaid reform in Oklahoma. State government in Oklahoma now spends more on Medicaid than on K-12 education and higher education combined. State government agency directors, including state ... READ MORE

Tulsa mother of hearing-impaired child grateful for scholarship

April 14, 2015 - 11:00am EDT

Life in Tulsa is hectic for single mom Laura Jones and her son, Manuel. Like any six-year-old, Manuel enjoys playing outside and learning to ride the new bike he got for Christmas. In the evening, they read stories and Manuel is starting to pick out words. When Manuel was born early he spent a we... READ MORE

School Choice and Freedom of Conscience

April 10, 2015 - 4:26pm EDT

In today’s Journal Record, OCPA President Michael Carnuccio connects the uproar in Indiana to a court fight here in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Supreme Court is considering whether to shut down the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship program, which provides funds for a few hundred Oklahoma students w... READ MORE

Oklahomans want school choices

April 8, 2015 - 10:50am EDT

A recent SoonerPoll survey of likely Oklahoma voters (sample size 506; margin of error ±4.34%) discovered that voters favor educational choice policies — including charter schools, vouchers, tax credits, and education savings accounts. I encourage you to read all the survey results here... READ MORE

Thoughts on the Education Rally

April 1, 2015 - 10:07am EDT

With this year’s education rally behind us, here are six observations about one of the key themes at the rally — education funding. First, whether Oklahoma ranks 1st or 50th in education funding, it seems to me that $8,804 per pupil is enough to deliver a quality education. (It cert... READ MORE

Uniform State Rules Make Sense for Uber, Lyft

March 31, 2015 - 4:13pm EDT

No one would accept “local control” as a defense of government corruption. The purpose of government is justice—when one part of government forgets that, we look to another to step in. Sometimes the line between out-and-out corruption and self-serving regulations is blurry. Ju... READ MORE

Why did these charter schools fail?

March 25, 2015 - 3:20pm EDT

A common refrain against expanding educational choices for students is that some of the choices may turn out not to work. That is exactly what happened in two New York City charter schools. The failure is tragic for the students whom the school has failed, but, like most failure, it is also instruct... READ MORE

YOU GUEST IT: Schools should prepare students for life's realities

March 24, 2015 - 10:04am EDT

The Fairfax County school  district in Virginia is imposing new rules on how their teachers may grade failing students. No longer will a student who does no work receive a zero; the new "I didn't do it at all" grade will be 50, since, as one school consultant says, it is "mor... READ MORE