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Educational Freedom
Higher Education Is a Mission–Not an Excuse

March 1, 2017 - 11:06am CST

By Trent England Thomas Jefferson ignored the presidency when he wrote his epitaph. Instead, he chose to be remembered as author of the Declaration of Independence and Virginia’s Statute of Religious Freedom and as “father of the University of Virginia.” Creating the university mattered so much to ... READ MORE

Is Illiberal Education a Public Good?

March 1, 2017 - 9:35am CST

By Greg Forster Oklahomans agree that liberal education—education that helps people grow as rational beings who know truth—is a public good. That’s why they give their hard-earned tax money to subsidize schools like the University of Oklahoma. But universities’ status as a public good depends entir... READ MORE

To Get to the National Average, Oklahoma Higher Ed Needs to Shed 13,680 Non-Instructional Workers

February 23, 2017 - 11:03am CST

The U.S. Census Bureau keeps track of all types of data on Oklahoma’s higher education system. The chart above uses Census data to examine the dramatic size and growth in the number of non-instructional workers (per 100 private-sector workers) in Oklahoma’s higher education system. There are ... READ MORE

Non-Teaching Staff Surge Prevented Oklahoma Teacher Pay Raises

February 1, 2017 - 10:59am CST

By Benjamin Scafidi Oklahoma state law tries to hold down administrative expenses in public schools. That is a great idea in theory, but does it result in the hiring of more teachers instead of hiring other staffers? The short answer is no. According to data reported by the Oklahoma State Departme... READ MORE

School Choice Programs Save Taxpayers Money

February 1, 2017 - 10:41am CST

By Martin F. Lueken There are no more important beneficiaries of educational choice than the families and students who need K-12 options and opportunity. They are the reason we fight to expand choice in every state, including Oklahoma. An important element of this conversation, however, is the fac... READ MORE

Don’t Means-Test School Choice

February 1, 2017 - 10:36am CST

By Greg Forster Limiting school choice programs to low-income households is bad for low-income households. It hurts the rest of us, too, and that matters. But the people it hurts the most are the people who most need better schools, and that’s what matters most. Nobody needs school choice more tha... READ MORE

Hooray for the Four-Day School Week?

January 11, 2017 - 10:12am CST

What is the best way to assess education in Oklahoma? While no single measure, or even basket of measures, is perfect, one might consider test scores, graduation rates, or success after graduation. Yet the consistently poor results of many Oklahoma public schools on these measures get clucks and sig... READ MORE

Oklahoma’s per-pupil spending is up

January 10, 2017 - 3:33pm CST

According to the latest available data from the National Center for Education Statistics, since 1999 the number of students per teacher in Oklahoma’s public school system has risen from 15.1 to 16.2. Per-pupil spending has risen from $8,624 to $9,728. (Click chart to zoom) Source: National Cente... READ MORE

Higher Ed Efficiency Questioned

January 1, 2017 - 3:45pm CST

By Brandon Dutcher Is higher education in Oklahoma “underfunded”? You may be surprised to learn that states spend an average of about 1.6 percent of their GSP on higher education, according to economist Byron Schlomach, a scholar-in-residence at the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise at Ok... READ MORE

Common-Sense Higher Ed Reforms

January 1, 2017 - 3:42pm CST

By Jonathan Small and Brandon Dutcher “Tuition and fees increases over the past five years at Oklahoma’s public higher education system are among the country’s highest, according to The College Board,” education researcher Vicki Alger wrote in The Oklahoman on August 16, 2016. “The State Regents fo... READ MORE

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