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A conversation starter: Are public schools accountable?

January 26, 2015 - 3:38pm EST

     More and more frequently, defenders of the status quo in public education assert that public charter schools need to be made more “accountable.” Further, many assert that private schools, if their students are allowed to participate in emerging educational choice op... READ MORE

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How to fix public schools

January 23, 2015 - 10:41am EST

The question is often asked, “How do we fix public schools?” Dr. Jay Greene, an education professor at the University of Arkansas, has an innovative answer: “We can fix schools by going around them.” “We can expand access to other educational options, including charte... READ MORE

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The teacher is absent today

January 21, 2015 - 3:13pm EST

We’re often told that teachers are uniquely dedicated to their profession. Indeed, many are, and OCPA firmly believes that some of Oklahoma’s best teachers deserve to be millionaires. However, as policymakers and others continue to discuss the possibility of across-the-board pay raise... READ MORE

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Equal opportunity and MLK’s legacy

January 19, 2015 - 1:56pm EST

Virginia Walden Ford was one of the first black students to attend Central High School in Little Rock after desegregation. Years later, she says, “as a mother living in Washington, D.C., I became involved in the fight for school choice in our nation’s capital. A private scholarship becam... READ MORE

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If You’re So Broke, What’s with All the Cranes?

January 14, 2015 - 2:16pm EST

At a legislative panel hosted by the State Chamber of Oklahoma on December 3, Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, House Speaker Jeff Hickman, and Democratic Minority Leader Scott Inman were asked what could be done to address the problem of "uncompensated care," which is allegedly putt... READ MORE

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5 traits to benefit all Oklahomans

January 12, 2015 - 3:25pm EST

It is Inauguration Day in Oklahoma. Flags are flying. Statewide officials are being sworn in. News crews with their cameras and bright lights are searching for the best interviews. Tonight there will be receptions and parties. Politics, at least for the winners, can be a lot of fun. Of course, ... READ MORE

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Turmoil at Harvard!

January 8, 2015 - 3:50pm EST

Harvard has long seen itself as the source of all wisdom in American public policy — the faculty there were not just vocal, but instrumental, in pushing for Obamacare — so it was with barely concealed delight that many observers watched the recent eruption of faculty indignation when the... READ MORE

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State actions show it's time to repeal federal minimum wage

January 2, 2015 - 3:46pm EST

“The minimum wage will rise in 21 states in 2015,” reports USA Today. While Congress has set a national minimum wage, currently $7.25 per hour, states are left free to legislate higher wage floors. As state laws take effect in this new year, “29 states with 60% of the U.S. work for... READ MORE

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Why Utah’s federal lands fight matters in Oklahoma

December 31, 2014 - 3:52pm EST

This is the last in a five-part series of articles about federal control over land in the American West. Legislation adopted in Utah calls on Congress to hand over certain federal lands there to state control. That law set today as the deadline for federal action. Just 1.6% of the land that compris... READ MORE

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States can manage public lands

December 30, 2014 - 3:56pm EST

This is the fourth article in a five-part series about federal lands. Legislation adopted in Utah calls on the federal government to transfer certain of these lands to the state. It set a deadline of December 31, 2014. A division cuts across the continental United States. In the 11 western states, ... READ MORE