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Educational Freedom
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

Ed Choice Mythbusting Never Ends

January 1, 2017 - 3:36pm CST

By Greg Forster Keeping up with the myths people throw around in Oklahoma and elsewhere about school choice is a full time job. It can be tedious; sometimes I wish the defenders of the status quo were more creative, just to keep my work interesting. On the bright side, since they can’t use sound fa... READ MORE

Ed Choice Policies Will Help Revitalize Cities

January 1, 2017 - 3:32pm CST

By Bartley R. Danielsen and Kirk Humphreys A lot of children seem to be missing in Oklahoma City. Given the number of zero-to-four year olds, the most recent census suggests that there are 3,700 fewer five-to-nine year olds than we should expect in the area served by the Oklahoma City Public School... READ MORE

ESAs Are a Much-Needed Refinement of the Public Education Model

January 1, 2017 - 3:29pm CST

By Lindsey Burke Should Oklahomans care that proposals designed to create education savings accounts (ESAs) didn’t advance in the Legislature in 2016? Ask Susan Agel. Agel is president of Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma’s only private school for homeless children. Because her school relies on the gen... READ MORE

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