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Oklahomans Want School Choices, Want Tax Dollars to Follow the Child

August 15, 2017 - 9:00am CDT

Nearly two in three Oklahoma voters support using tax dollars to choose the public or private school which best meets their child’s needs. That’s one of the findings in a new survey commissioned by OCPA just as the new school year gets under way. The statewide survey of 1,016 likely Oklahoma vo... READ MORE

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Tuition Sticker Price is Not the Real Cost to Students, Families

August 14, 2017 - 4:02pm CDT

The Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education met June 28 and 29 to review state appropriation levels for the 2018 Fiscal Year and decide on the ever-pressing question of just how much state universities and colleges may charge their students in tuition--this year increasing rates an average of 5.3%. Un... READ MORE

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ECU Closes Branch Campus, Continues Spending Spree

August 14, 2017 - 4:00pm CDT

One of Oklahoma’s taxpayer-funded colleges – East Central University in Ada – announced recently that it will discontinue all its programs at the University Center of Southern Oklahoma when students currently enrolled there have completed their degrees. ECU President Katricia Pierson cited the stat... READ MORE

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Oklahoma’s (Missing) $8,872 Teacher Pay Raise

August 10, 2017 - 4:21pm CDT

Since 1992 Oklahoma public schools have increased spending by 26 percent per student, adjusted for inflation. At the same time, public school teachers received only a 4 percent real increase in purchasing power. Given that public schools have received large increases in taxpayer support but are pro... READ MORE

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Christians and Public Schools: Babylon, Exodus, or Pentecost?

August 10, 2017 - 3:49pm CDT

  There’s no one “right” choice for everyone. Parents should evaluate local schools, public and private, and select the one that aligns best with their views and goals. Of course, parents don’t have an equal choice as long as government uses its tax power to offer free schools while alternatives ne... READ MORE

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Oklahoma School Districts Pay $18,500 to Hear Private-School Educator

August 10, 2017 - 9:15am CDT

[This post has been corrected (see second paragraph) and given a new headline.] Educator and motivational speaker Ron Clark, the founder of a highly acclaimed private school in Atlanta, spoke to 700 Oklahoma teachers and administrators on August 4 at the 2017-18 McAlester Public Schools (MPS) Back ... READ MORE

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Comparing Oklahoma School Districts to Surrounding States

July 17, 2017 - 1:03pm CDT

Amidst discussion of funding for public education, an important point is often overlooked: the sheer number of school districts within Oklahoma and the administrative costs that accompany them. Caddo County—a 1,200 square mile county in southwest Oklahoma—has almost as many school districts as the ... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: Hope for foster kids

July 14, 2017 - 8:47am CDT

At any given time, there are several thousand Oklahoma children in foster care, often due to abuse or neglect. Others have been adopted from state custody, but in both cases, these children frequently have difficulty adapting to a typical school environment. They need a more nurturing and structured... READ MORE

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School Choice and Segregation

July 12, 2017 - 4:15pm CDT

By Greg Forster If you want to make sure schools are segregated, the quickest and easiest way to do it is to force families into schools based on their ZIP codes. Segregation flourishes under the government monopoly—both because schools are tied to ZIP codes and because power brokers draw the atten... READ MORE

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Oklahoma Education Spending Continues to Rise

July 10, 2017 - 11:35am CDT

By Byron Schlomach In a recent policy brief published by the 1889 Institute (“Public Education Spending in a Historical Context”), I made the case that Americans have lavished more resources on public education than even the National Education Association would have dreamed of a hundred years ago. ... READ MORE

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