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Speakers Question Bias Reporting System, Lack of Intellectual Diversity at OU

March 16, 2017 - 3:18pm CDT

[Part one in a series] March 16, 2017 By Jay Chilton, CIJ Policies and official actions by leadership at the University of Oklahoma claiming to enforce “diversity and inclusion” actually deny First Amendment rights for students and promote a particular point of view at the state’s flagship uni... READ MORE

OKC Charter School Earns Character Award

March 3, 2017 - 2:23pm CST

By Jay Chilton, CIJ OKLAHOMA CITY — The Dove Science Academy Charter School, near the corner of NW 23rd Street and Western Avenue in OKC, was recognized as one of six schools to be named Oklahoma Schools of Character by OKcharacter.org, Character.org, and the state Department of Education. On Fr... READ MORE

Leaders React to Oklahoma Senator’s ‘Truly Shocking’ Mengele Comparison

February 24, 2017 - 4:20pm CST

By Jay Chilton, CIJ OKLAHOMA CITY — In a Feb. 20 meeting of the Oklahoma Senate Education Committee, state Sen. Ron Sharp, R-Shawnee, invoked Nazi officer Josef Mengele when criticizing school choice legislation being considered by the committee. “I have told other senators I call this bill the ... READ MORE

Educators, Policymakers Decry ‘Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations’

February 21, 2017 - 1:16pm CST

  By Jay Chilton, CIJ “One of the (Seminole school) board members looked at me and said, ‘Paul, your expectations are too high for these people,’” recalled Paul Campbell, founder and chairman of Advance Rural Education, before the State Board of Education voted unanimously Jan. 26 to approve a cha... READ MORE

ESA Bill Passes Education Committee: Q&A with State Sen. Rob Standridge

February 21, 2017 - 11:12am CST

State Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, sat down with CIJ following a meeting of the Oklahoma Senate Education Committee on Monday where his Education Savings Account bill, SB 560, passed by a one-vote margin. Standridge talked about the bill, the debate, the vote and what happens next. CIJ: Your bi... READ MORE

TSET Billboard Spending Examined

February 20, 2017 - 1:17pm CST

By Jay Chilton CIJ On the north side of Interstate 40 between Meridian Avenue and Portland Avenue in Oklahoma City, the east- and west-facing electronic billboard owned by News 9 Outdoor Advertising features multiple advertisements by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET). Man... READ MORE

School Choice Proponents Hold Summit, Detractors Hold Protest

January 31, 2017 - 4:39pm CST

Jan. 31, 2017 By Jay Chilton, CIJ OKLAHOMA CITY ­― Parents, students and education stakeholders met at Oklahoma City Community College for the first annual Oklahoma School Choice Summit on Thursday, Jan. 26, to learn about opportunities and benefits afforded by current and possibly future e... READ MORE

Staff Member at Taxpayer-Funded Organization Works to Oppose Presidential Appointment

January 31, 2017 - 2:02pm CST

Jan. 31, 2017 By Jay Chilton, CIJ Hayley Jones serves on the executive staff for the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration as deputy general counsel. On her Twitter page, Jones describes herself a “Recovering middle school teacher turned education attorney/advocate for #oklaed.” ... READ MORE

Historic Seminole Charter School Wins Approval from State Board of Education

January 26, 2017 - 4:39pm CST

Jan. 26, 2017 By Jay Chilton, CIJ OKLAHOMA CITY – After a contentious hearing and a unanimous vote by the State Board of Education, a new charter school is coming to Seminole. It will open its doors in the fall for grades 11 and 12, and within three years, the school will expand to pre-K thro... READ MORE

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