Education

Shortage of applicants, not teachers, plagues Oklahoma schools

When lawmakers passed historic tax increases in part for teacher pay raises in 2018, it was argued that schools’ reliance on emergency-certified teachers demonstrated the need for those actions.

Ray Carter
December 30, 2019
Education

Reading ESAs will put Oklahoma parents in charge

Florida has been a leading K-12 innovator for years, so it is no surprise that it became the first state to offer education savings accounts (ESA) to children enrolled in public schools.

Patrick Gibbons
December 30, 2019
Education

Who governs Oklahoma’s public school system?

The fundamental problem with public education is the lack of accountability. The best school accountability is parental choice, but reforms to the system’s governance structure can also help.

Greg Forster, Ph.D.
December 27, 2019
Education

Oklahoma education agency promotes progressive activism masquerading as civics

Generation Citizen makes the casual observer think it’s nonpartisan: “Through student-driven projects, youth learn how to effect policy change by engaging with local government and leaders to solve community problems.” In truth, Generation Citizen smuggles propaganda and vocational training for progressive activism into K-12 schools and calls it “action civics.”

David Randall, Ph.D.
December 26, 2019
Education

Schools disagree on definition of ‘significant medical condition’

Under Oklahoma’s school grading system, a measure of “chronic absenteeism” is one of the factors included in the calculation of schools’ A-F grades on state report cards. However, exceptions are allowed for students with significant qualifying medical conditions that result in long absences.

Ray Carter
December 23, 2019
Education

Tulsa Public Schools accused of breaking state law

The State Board of Education voted Thursday to send a charter-school application back to the Tulsa Public Schools district and urged the district to vote on the application within 30 days. That action was taken after charter supporters said Tulsa officials have violated state law and the district’s own policies.

Ray Carter
December 20, 2019
Education

Teacher numbers climb, but trend may not last

New figures suggest pay increases have attracted more teachers to Oklahoma schools, but much of the increase remains attributable to reliance on emergency-certified teachers

Ray Carter
December 2, 2019