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National Popular Vote stopped in Oklahoma House

February 26, 2015 - 1:59pm EST

Yesterday, an attempt to advance the National Popular Vote (NPV) Interstate Compact in the Oklahoma House of Representatives was withdrawn. The issue is unlikely to return in the current legislative session. So far, 10 states and the District of Columbia have enacted NPV legislation. NPV would have... READ MORE

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YOU GUEST IT: Time for unions to collect their own dues

February 24, 2015 - 12:16pm EST

Fifty years ago the state of Oklahoma began collecting money for union dues from the paychecks of public school teachers. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been collected free of charge, to benefit the union activity and political agenda of both the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) and the Wa... READ MORE

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VIDEO: Weekend wrap up

February 23, 2015 - 3:56pm EST

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Why the long faces? Revenue ‘shortfall’ presents a valuable opportunity

February 23, 2015 - 12:46pm EST

Amid the lamentations and gnashing of teeth surrounding the news of Oklahoma’s $611 million budget “shortfall,” OCPA officials believe it is important to provide a decidedly different point of view. “Oklahoma policymakers often talk about the need to ‘right-size’... READ MORE

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Cigarette and tobacco tax hikes a bad and dangerous idea

February 17, 2015 - 1:27pm EST

Across the country, state legislative sessions have begun and numerous ideas are being considered. Over the years, a number of states have increased taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products to increase funding for numerous government programs, including education. Historically, with the exception of... READ MORE

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Oklahoma's Per-Pupil Available Revenues At An All-Time High

February 17, 2015 - 12:16pm EST

Last year we noted that total available funding to K-12 schools was at an all-time high. According to the Oklahoma State Department of Education, per-pupil available revenues have again reached an all-time high. To calculate per-pupil available revenue, one simply divides the total available revenue... READ MORE

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Union dues deduction reform up for House vote

February 17, 2015 - 11:34am EST

Over the last five years in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker has successfully defended his Act 10 union reforms at the ballot box and in the courts. Recently in Illinois, newly elected Gov. Bruce Rauner began trying to extricate his own state from its entanglement with public-sector employee unions. Now... READ MORE

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YOU GUEST IT: Let’s not fool ourselves on pre-K

February 17, 2015 - 8:01am EST

My daughter will be attending Tulsa’s excellent universal public prekindergarten program next year, at an already excellent elementary school. I am thrilled to be able to take advantage of this free program. But how excellent is this program, really? In President Obama's 2013 State of the... READ MORE

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The price for more funding is increased parental choice

February 11, 2015 - 11:05am EST

Education Week’s annual “Quality Counts” report card was released last month. Once again, the news was not good. “Oklahoma received a D+ grade and a 48th-place finish among the 50 states and District of Columbia in Education’s Week’s annual rankings of education ... READ MORE