Health Care

Is Saint Francis shortchanging Muskogee?

Muskogee officials claim Saint Francis has failed to pay necessary in-kind payments to the city, hurting public school funding. 

Kaitlyn Finley
January 23, 2020
Law & Principles, Good Government

Court arguments highlight redistricting plan’s potential impact

Arguments before the Oklahoma Supreme Court highlighted how an initiative-petition proposal, which would strip the Oklahoma Legislature of redistricting power and place that authority with an outside commission, could play out in practice.

Ray Carter
January 22, 2020
Health Care

Indiana Medicaid expansion tied to budget challenges

The rising cost of Indiana’s Medicaid program is creating budget challenges for that state that have prevented lawmakers from addressing other needs, including schools.

Ray Carter
January 21, 2020
Budget & Tax

Fallin administration, Legislature may have violated tribal compacts

A recent lawsuit filed by three tribal governments raises a major question: Did a law passed by the Legislature and signed by former Gov. Mary Fallin in 2017 violate state-tribal gaming compacts, opening the door for tribes to now seek damages?

Ray Carter
January 20, 2020
Health Care

A glide path to more government control

In Oklahoma, there are targeted efforts to expand welfare to hundreds of thousands of able-bodied adults through Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.  

Kaitlyn Finley
January 16, 2020
Health Care

Indiana’s ‘conservative’ Medicaid expansion proves costly, ineffective

Many Oklahoma Republicans suggest Indiana's expansion of Medicaid, enacted when Vice President Mike Pence was governor of that state, provides a “conservative” alternative to traditional Medicaid expansion. But Indiana’s expansion has been expensive and failed to rein in health costs, end hospital closures, or improve health outcomes.

Ray Carter
January 15, 2020
Education

Tax-credit scholarship program could shape north Tulsa’s future

Crossover Preparatory Academy is a private school serving all-male, primarily black and low-income students. Ensuring there’s a way to pay for local youth to attend the private school is a challenge— that’s where the Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Act comes in.

Ray Carter
January 15, 2020
Education

Second Oklahoma agency touts education program associated with left-wing activism

For the second time in as many months, an Oklahoma state agency has touted a program that has been criticized for encouraging high school students to engage in political activism on behalf of generally left-wing causes. 

Ray Carter
January 14, 2020
Education

The science of reading and the art of teaching

After decades of trying, one thing is clear: There is nothing we can do to get teachers to do what they don’t want to do. We must empower parents.

Greg Forster, Ph.D.
January 14, 2020
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