Education

In most states, governor appoints top school official

When Gov. Kevin Stitt proposed a vote of the people to make the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction appointive rather than elective, he was suggesting that Oklahoma join a growing consensus among states that appoint their chief state school official.

Mike Brake
February 20, 2020
Education

Student privacy concerns raised due to bill’s passage

Legislation imposing new reporting mandates on a school-choice program has passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives even though the legislation does not include specific student-privacy protections that ensure compliance with federal law.

Ray Carter
February 18, 2020
Education

Marijuana tax could pay for school buildings

Oklahoma schools with limited or no local property tax funding would receive marijuana tax revenue to help cover building costs under legislation approved by a Senate committee on Wednesday.

Ray Carter
February 13, 2020
Education

How much money does a government school monopoly need?

In Oklahoma as elsewhere, there is no upper limit to demands for more money from a government school system that has consistently squandered regular spending increases. However much we spend, it’s never enough; however big the spending increase is, it’s still so small that expecting to see any results from it is unreasonable.

Greg Forster, Ph.D.
February 10, 2020
Education

Seemingly harmless choice regulations compromise families’ privacy

In another state, the government school monopoly has provided Oklahoma with an object lesson. It handed over private, personal data on families in one of its choice programs to a lobbying group that opposes choice. 

Greg Forster, Ph.D.
February 7, 2020
Education

Will 2020 see union reform?

Proposed legislation would give teachers the right to negotiate independently with a school district employer. Another proposed bill would allow teachers to vote periodically whether to keep their union, look for a new union, or do without union representation altogether. 

Ray Carter
February 5, 2020
Education

Stitt gives strong support to tax-credit scholarship program

Crossover Preparatory Academy's hard work and achievements were highlighted by Gov. Kevin Stitt at his State of the State address. Stitt urged lawmakers to raise the cap on the Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Act that allowed the boys to attend private school.

Ray Carter
February 3, 2020
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