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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

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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

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OEA, NEA have spent big on failed efforts to grow government

March 23, 2015 - 9:00am EDT

The Oklahoma Legislature is currently considering government’s role in collecting union dues. This is the third article in a series on the political agenda of the state’s largest union, the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA). The first two articles discussed the pro-abortion, anti-gun ... READ MORE

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Oklahoma Education Association dues fund anti-gun politics

March 19, 2015 - 3:18pm EDT

Even with its membership declining, the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) is the largest public employee union in the state. The group is on record stating, “education is politics.” Yet the politics of the group, and of its national affiliate, are not always widely known. Current... READ MORE

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Taxpayer subsidies to abortion politics could end

March 18, 2015 - 9:28am EDT

A measure now pending in the Oklahoma Senate could extend the principle of right-to-work laws to state taxpayers. While workers in Oklahoma cannot be forced to support unions and union politics, current law forces taxpayers to provide dues-collection services to unions. This in-kind subsidy from tax... READ MORE

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YOU GUEST IT: Who’s afraid of school choice?

March 17, 2015 - 10:04am EDT

Will giving parents more educational options spell the end of the traditional district school system? Education bureaucrats seem to think so. Last month, Oklahoma City superintendent Rob Neu declared that the “greatest threat to public education” is legislative support for educational c... READ MORE

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Licensing reform key to corrections reform

March 11, 2015 - 5:50pm EDT

In November of 2014, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs released its 2015 Freedom Agenda. This document details the most significant public policy prescriptions we believe are vital to make lives better for Oklahomans. One of the key policy areas that desperately needs reform is corrections. In... READ MORE

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Judicial discretion key to corrections reform

March 10, 2015 - 2:27pm EDT

In November of 2014, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs released its 2015 Freedom Agenda. This document details the most significant public policy prescriptions we believe are vital to make lives better for Oklahomans. One of the key policy areas that desperately needs reform is corrections. In... READ MORE

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OKC Schools listening tour no threat to status quo

March 9, 2015 - 2:18pm EDT

On Thursday, I attended one of the Oklahoma City Public School District’s “Great Conversation” public meetings. There were about 100 people in attendance, including many school staff. The session was run by a consulting company, Performance Fact, hired by Superintendent Rob Neu sho... READ MORE

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