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Educational Freedom
Free Market Friday: Hope for bullied kids

March 16, 2018 - 8:43am CDT

For many students, the upcoming spring break will provide a welcome respite from bullying, harassment, or other unpleasant experiences at school. In fact, these students look forward to a teacher walkout because it’s one less day they’d have to worry about harassment or bullying. Read the rest over... READ MORE

The Price Tag on OEA’s Demands

March 13, 2018 - 11:46am CDT

When the teachers union released its spending demands last week, two things were missing. One was any plan to find the resources, either in other parts of government or through tax increases. The other was the total cost. The Oklahoma Education Association’s spreadsheet left out the full cost o... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: Reward teachers, rein in bureaucrats

March 9, 2018 - 12:11pm CST

No one disputes that it’s time for a teacher pay raise. Almost all Oklahomans agree and most lawmakers voice support. Despite this, the last several legislative sessions have failed to result in a teacher pay raise. Now unions, which have been accomplices in the diversion of more than $300 million ... READ MORE

Time for Lawmakers to Assert Authority, Reward Teachers

March 6, 2018 - 3:34pm CST

Oklahoma lawmakers have grappled for years over the matter of boosting public school teacher compensation. The latest proposal, which included a host of new spending wishes that tried to attach themselves to the popular teacher pay raise issue, failed to pass the Legislature last month. But another ... READ MORE

The School Choice Elitists

February 26, 2018 - 2:41pm CST

“Of course we have school choice,” they say. “People are free to go to school wherever they want to.” So claim opponents of choice programs, pretending to have no problem with freedom. No doubt some of them really believe this, which makes them the school choice elitists. Consider a government ... READ MORE

Get the facts about Oklahoma education finance

February 13, 2018 - 9:17am CST

Because meaningful debate relies on good information, OCPA operates an education finance data tool. The web-based tool is available to the public at no cost here, and makes it easy to find financial information about Oklahoma’s public schools. The data comes from the Oklahoma Cost Accounting System ... READ MORE

Private schools, public benefit

February 9, 2018 - 8:53am CST

Americans instinctively dislike monopolies, even rail against Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Tobacco, Big Whatever. These have a modicum of competition. There is one monopoly, however, that government not only allows, it controls. I’m talking, of course, about Big Learning. Read the rest over on The Jou... READ MORE

Going Backward on Education Transparency

February 2, 2018 - 1:22pm CST

A bill passed during the last legislative session has changed how Oklahoma’s State Department of Education reports expenses. HB 1202 states that “aggregate current expenditures shall not include expenditures for adult and community education, facilities acquisition and construction services, debt se... READ MORE

Give School Districts Flexibility to Raise Teacher Pay

January 30, 2018 - 11:03am CST

Oklahoma’s education system is enjoying near-record revenues. Unfortunately, as OCPA’s education data tool makes clear, too much of the money is cordoned off in silos. Thus we end up with unfortunate scenarios like what’s going on in Catoosa Public Schools. Citing a lack of funding, Catoosa went to ... READ MORE

Create Scholarships for Children of Incarcerated Parents

January 30, 2018 - 10:59am CST

Oklahoma has an important private-school voucher program, the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program for Children with Disabilities. The program, enacted in 2010, is helping teenage students who are battling addiction, bullied children who contemplated suicide, rural students who want a faith-bas... READ MORE

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