Education

Walters’ plan: $10,000 teacher performance-pay increase

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters’ newly unveiled budget plan would provide performance-pay increases of up to $10,000 for teachers along with $100 million in new funding to make certain that Oklahoma students learn to read by the end of the third grade.

Ray Carter
January 26, 2023
Education

Stitt touts $5,000 per student for school choice program

In an interview on Fox News, Gov. Kevin Stitt said he wants Oklahoma parents to have at least $5,000 per child in state funding to use for private-school tuition as part of a proposed statewide school-choice program.

Ray Carter
January 26, 2023
Education

Study: School choice doesn’t harm rural schools

A new study shows that as school-choice programs increase education options in rural areas, they are not associated with the closure of existing public schools in rural counties.

Ray Carter
January 25, 2023
Education

Statewide, parents are sending message on school choice

I’ve recently noted that voters have sent a message on school choice by overwhelmingly electing its supporters to statewide and legislative offices. But Oklahoma parents have separately sent an equally loud message by voting with their feet and pocketbooks.

Jonathan Small
January 25, 2023
Education

Walters promises nation’s ‘most comprehensive’ reading plan

Newly elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters promised lawmakers his administration will soon unveil “the most comprehensive reading plan in the country” to reverse the significant decline in student literacy that occurred under his Democratic predecessor, Joy Hofmeister.

Ray Carter
January 24, 2023
Education

To oppose school choice, Democrats attack religious freedom

To combat the growing public demand for robust school choice in Oklahoma, Democratic lawmakers have filed bills that would infringe on Oklahomans’ First Amendment rights and impose regulations to make private schools less effective.

Ray Carter
January 24, 2023
Education

The sky won’t fall when Oklahoma empowers parents

The special interests who run Oklahoma’s public school monopoly need to show a little more confidence in their own schools. If parents are satisfied, they won’t leave.

Brandon Dutcher
January 23, 2023
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