Higher Education

University of Central Oklahoma touts pronoun option ‘to affirm gender identity’

A recent email from the office of the president at the University of Central Oklahoma announced that faculty and staff will be able to include their pronouns on university business cards and name badges, but stressed those pronouns are not an indication of gender.

Ray Carter
January 31, 2020
Education

Parents urged to drive change via school choice

Perry Daniel, a longtime educator who is currently an official with K12, an online education provider, told parents that through school choice they have the power to change education to address the real, 21st-century needs of their children.

Ray Carter
January 30, 2020
Higher Education

Report highlights partisanship of Oklahoma professors

According to popular stereotype, college professors are overwhelmingly liberal Democrats. New research shows that cliché is grounded in reality, including at several major Oklahoma universities.

Ray Carter
January 30, 2020
Budget & Tax

OMES savings partially offset by increased fees

The Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) will request $12.7 million less in state appropriations this year. But those savings will be partly offset by a planned increase in the fees OMES charges other agencies for information technology (IT) services. And those fees, which will cumulatively total more than $3 million, will in many instances be covered by increased appropriations to other agencies, reducing state savings.

Ray Carter
January 28, 2020
Budget & Tax

Aerospace tax-credit debacle points up need for reform

Recent problems with Oklahoma’s engineering tax credit highlight the problems with tax incentives generally. Policymakers should reduce taxes for all Oklahomans, not just a few.

Curtis Shelton
January 28, 2020
Economy

Mass transit burns energy, attracts few riders

As 2019 rolled over into a new decade, Oklahoma City celebrated the first anniversary of its sometimes-maligned streetcar system. Unfortunately, many of those gleaming streetcars were running virtually empty.

Mike Brake
January 27, 2020
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