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How Does Oklahoma Higher Education Funding Really Compare to Other States?

June 22, 2017 - 2:57pm CDT

Those who understand Oklahoma know a dollar here goes a long way compared to most other states. According to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, Oklahoma has the 3rd lowest cost of living among the 50 states. This is an attraction people and companies looking to relocate (for exam... READ MORE

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No, Oklahoma is not “dead last” in higher education funding

June 22, 2017 - 11:01am CDT

"Now we're officially dead last (nationally) in what we spend as a state in higher education." – David Boren speaking to the OU Board of Regents on June 19, 2017 This claim, also made by UCO President Don Betz, has been used to support tuition hikes at Oklahoma’s state colleges and universitie... READ MORE

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Bartlesville School Board Looks Out for Taxpayers

June 21, 2017 - 1:05pm CDT

The Bartlesville school board this week voted unanimously to outsource the schools’ janitorial services, the Examiner-Enterprise reports. The current janitorial staff were being managed by the principals at each site, which Preston Birk, the district’s chief financial officer, said was ineffective.... READ MORE

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Oklahoma Higher Education Spending Continues to Rise

June 1, 2017 - 1:59pm CDT

By Trent England The Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education and administrations of state universities and colleges have become a retirement center of sorts for former politicians. Theirs are among the loudest voices at the Capitol and in the media arguing that their funding has been cut to the core.... READ MORE

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China Plants Flag in Norman

June 1, 2017 - 1:56pm CDT

Why is the University of Oklahoma advancing the interests of one of America’s global adversaries? OU should close its Confucius Institute as soon as possible. By Mike Brake If you want to take a course in Chinese at the University of Oklahoma, or study Chinese culture, there’s a chance you’ll be i... READ MORE

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Does School Choice Expand the Welfare State?

June 1, 2017 - 1:52pm CDT

By Greg Forster Congratulations, Oklahoma! By pursuing school choice, you did the impossible—you turned some big-government progressives into radical libertarians. Unable to persuade Oklahomans to solve their problems by further expanding the omnipotent and omnibenevolent state, opponents of school... READ MORE

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By a Margin of 5 to 1, Oklahomans Say Let Teachers Vote on Unions

June 1, 2017 - 1:26pm CDT

By Brandon Dutcher “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... READ MORE

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School Choice Benefits Rural Students

May 25, 2017 - 3:28pm CDT

Today’s meeting of the Oklahoma School Choice Coalition meeting focused on how school choice can benefit rural Oklahomans. Brent Bushey of the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center and Michael McShane of the Show-Me Institute discussed “course choice,” personalized learning, ESAs, and more. We enco... READ MORE

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Hooray for the Four-Day School Week?

May 19, 2017 - 11:31am CDT

By Trent England What is the best way to evaluate education? While no measure is perfect, one might consider test scores, graduation rates, or success after graduation. Yet the consistently poor results of many Oklahoma students on these measures get clucks and sighs. Instead, citizens are told tha... READ MORE

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In Higher Education, Tuition Often Does More than Replace Lost Appropriations

May 18, 2017 - 11:46am CDT

By Neal McCluskey No one disputes that the sticker price of college—what schools charge, not necessarily what students end up paying—has for decades been rising at a very fast clip. What analysts disagree about is why. There are many possible explanations, but one that has a lot of adherents is th... READ MORE

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