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When Quality Education Becomes a Matter of National Security

December 11, 2017 - 3:42pm CST

By Jonathan Butcher Surveys of our men and women in uniform indicate that finding a quality education for their children is a matter of national security. A 2017 Military Times/Collaborative for Student Success survey of service members found that 35 percent of respondents said that “dissatisfacti... READ MORE

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Oklahoma’s ESSA Plan

December 8, 2017 - 10:01am CST

By Greg Forster Oklahoma has submitted its mandatory education plan to the federal government. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal government must approve the state’s plan as a condition of federal funding. More than anything else, Oklahoma’s plan illustrates the bankruptcy of ... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: Helping kids, saving money

December 8, 2017 - 8:55am CST

Thanks to actions of the Legislature and Gov. Mary Fallin, a program is helping the most vulnerable and saving taxpayers money. The Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship program, enacted in 2011, gives individuals and businesses a tax credit for contributions made to scholarship-granting... READ MORE

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Oklahoma’s non-teaching staffing surge

November 28, 2017 - 1:28pm CST

Using categories defined by the National Center for Education Statistics at the U.S. Department of Education, all public school employees can be placed into one of two categories: (1) teachers, and (2) everybody else (hereafter called “non-teachers”).1 If schools receive more money, they are able t... READ MORE

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Private-School Choice Boosts College Enrollment, Graduation

November 7, 2017 - 2:40pm CST

By Mike Brake The best test of any school choice program is this simple one: Does it help kids learn more? New research into the nation’s largest school choice program, Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program (FTC), shows that it clearly does. “Although several studies have documented the effects... READ MORE

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Teacher Absenteeism Is a Problem in Oklahoma’s Public Schools

November 7, 2017 - 2:36pm CST

By J. E. McReynolds In Oklahoma, the chronic teacher absenteeism rate for charter schools is around 5 percent. In traditional public schools, it’s 20 percent. Students learn more when their regular teachers are in the classroom. They learn less when those teachers are absent. Charter schools have ... READ MORE

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Profit Warning!

October 30, 2017 - 1:00pm CDT

For many folks in the public school establishment, it seems that “profit” is a scary word. Which is strange, because as Greg Forster once pointed out in Perspective: What does the education establishment always advocate? More spending. Where does that spending go? A good deal of it goes to for-pro... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: Just let them learn

October 27, 2017 - 8:45am CDT

As the results of Oklahoma public school student performance on state assessment tests emerge, the news is sobering. After decades of lying about student performance, administrators have finally adapted state tests to line up with national benchmarks. The results expose a decades-old scam: Regardl... READ MORE

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Demystifying ‘Emergency’ Certification

October 26, 2017 - 10:54am CDT

Shawn Sheehan did not grow up planning to teach public school. But just a few years after taking a substitute teaching gig in Norman, Sheehan was named Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. His story is not unlike that of many other great teachers who never intended to make professional education their... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: The honesty gap

October 20, 2017 - 9:01am CDT

It’s been called the “honesty gap” or the “proficiency gap.” For years, some Oklahoma education leaders have misled parents on student performance by setting a low bar. Thus, state officials have been able to claim “You’re doin’ fine, Oklahoma”– while the nation’s report card shows Oklahoma is not ... READ MORE

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