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Educational Freedom
By a Margin of 5 to 1, Oklahomans Say Teachers Should Be Allowed to Vote on Unions

April 21, 2017 - 12:30pm CDT

“Getting public policy right in the area of education includes respecting teachers and freeing them from the shackles of old, outmoded systems,” OCPA president Jonathan Small wrote in The Journal Record on March 10. New survey data show that Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly agree. “One old system tha... READ MORE

A teacher-recruitment tool for school administrators

April 12, 2017 - 11:28am CDT

We have all heard the assertion from K-12 public school representatives that there is a teacher shortage and that teachers are leaving for jobs in other states. (It’s worth mentioning, however, that some Oklahoma researchers believe there may be a teacher surplus.) Whatever the case, aside from high... READ MORE

10 Things You’ll Learn with Our Education Finance Data Tool

April 6, 2017 - 3:51pm CDT

It’s not surprising that the education finance data tool is one of the most popular destinations on the OCPA website. This helpful, easy-to-use tool provides a wealth of data compiled from the Oklahoma Cost Accounting System and provided by the State Department of Education. I encourage you to spend... READ MORE

Keep Education–and Choice–in the States

April 1, 2017 - 1:20pm CDT

Education reformers face an enormous temptation to use federal power to foist choice upon the states, which would be destructive not only for the U.S. constitutional order but also for the long-term prospects of school choice itself.   By Greg Forster The election of Donald Trump as president and... READ MORE

The New Civics: Using ‘Service Learning’ to Teach Progressive Advocacy

April 1, 2017 - 1:00pm CDT

  In Oklahoma and across the country, a new effort is diverting university resources and student time to progressive causes, propagandizing students into progressive beliefs, and creating a cadre of radical activists.   By David Randall There’s a nationwide “New Civics” movement that uses the la... READ MORE

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

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