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OKC Schools: How great a conversation?

March 3, 2015 - 4:05pm EST

This week, the Oklahoma City Public Schools is embarking on a listening tour. They have titled it, “The Great Conversation,” a phrase usually applied to the significant literary works of Western civilization. The listening tour is part of a “strategic alignment process” ... READ MORE

YOU GUEST IT: Three choices on school choice: Pay, move, or lie

March 3, 2015 - 3:49pm EST

In our state, opportunities to exercise school choice are pretty limited, unless you have money or fall into certain hard-to-educate (but not impossible-to-educate) categories, such as students with special needs. For most families, the options for parents and students are: pay for school choic... READ MORE

Limits on 'Local Control'

March 2, 2015 - 2:28pm EST

The radical environmental movement favors centralized, top-down control ... except when it doesn’t. In Oklahoma’s two big college towns, Norman and Stillwater, environmentalists are pushing local regulations against the oil and gas industry. It is a feat of political jujitsu, since cons... READ MORE

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an attempt to advance the National Popular Vote (NPV) Interstate Compact in the Oklahoma House of Representatives was withdrawn.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

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

VIDEO: Weekend wrap up

February 23, 2015 - 3:56pm EST


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

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

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