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ESAs are the next step in fulfilling Friedman’s vision

July 31, 2015 - 12:51pm EDT

It is my great honor to be the Milton Friedman Distinguished Fellow at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, where all of us see ourselves as carrying on Friedman’s legacy. Milton Friedman, who would have turned 103 today, is best known as one of the world’s greatest economists. H... READ MORE

OCPA officials tout federal-funds transparency

July 9, 2015 - 10:22am EDT

In a recent column in The Journal Record, law professor Andrew Spiropoulos lauded a proposal which “requires state agencies to publicly report the amount and nature of the federal funding they receive and, most importantly, the conditions they accept in exchange for the money.” The ... READ MORE

Court saves politicians from pesky citizens

June 25, 2015 - 2:44pm EDT

The Obama Administration would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling kids, er, citizens. Actually, the Obama Administration is going to get away with breaking the law—their own law, no less. With today’s decision in King v. Burwell, Chief Justice John ... READ MORE

A Deeper Look Into the State Budget

June 4, 2015 - 5:41pm EDT

Check out our information on the state budget below. Click here for our recommendations of cuts for the FY-2016 State Budget. Click here for the FY-2016 Oklahoma State Budget Agreement TIP Sheet. Click here for our Top 10 Budget Recommendations.       READ MORE

Combating a culture of ‘disengagement and compulsory learning’

May 27, 2015 - 2:45pm EDT

In an interesting and insightful blog post, Rob Miller, longtime principal at Jenks Middle School, recently reflected on “all the parallels between being an airline passenger and daily life as a student in a typical middle or high school classroom in America today.” He points out that, a... READ MORE

Education savings accounts will put parents in charge

May 22, 2015 - 4:37pm EDT

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed legislation last week creating the nation’s fourth education savings account (ESA) program, joining Mississippi, Florida, and Arizona.

 In a new paper (“Designing an Education Savings Account for Oklahoma”) published by the 1889 Institute, Va... READ MORE

Fiscal Year 2016 Oklahoma State Budget Agreement

May 21, 2015 - 12:01pm EDT

A year ago, the FY-2015 budget agreement was announced as a total of $7.12 billion in appropriated state spending. The recently announced FY-2016 budget agreement totals more than $7.13 billion. Click here for a PDF of the FY-2016 Oklahoma State Budget Agreement TIP Sheet. READ MORE

Oklahoma could learn from Minnesota's decentralized, choice-based preschool program

May 18, 2015 - 1:34pm EDT

By Jennifer Doverspike Who should benefit from government-funded preschool? That is the question posed by the American Enterprise Institute in response to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's plan to introduce universal pre-K to the Minnesota public school system. Minnesota is notable beca... READ MORE

The Heart of the Reform Agenda: School Choice

May 12, 2015 - 10:25am EDT

By Jason Reese Not since William F. Buckley assembled the first stable of writers at National Review has the intellectual ferment on the right been so vibrant. Not since Russell Kirk completed his great work, The Conservative Mind, has conservatism been so well restated for the needs and anxiet... READ MORE

Is Government Too Small?

May 5, 2015 - 11:30am EDT

Call it the Tom Delay Disease. Even some strident conservatives, after serving years in office and rising through the ranks into leadership, can lose perspective. In 2005, then-House Majority Leader Delay insisted there was no spending left to cut. He claimed Republicans had “pared [government... READ MORE