Family & Community
‘Defund the police’ touted at Paycom-sponsored program
Efforts to “defund the police” and claims that Oklahoma district attorneys are racially biased were touted by speakers at a recent race-relations program sponsored by Paycom and other state business entities.
Ray Carter | December 1, 2021
Lawmaker wants teacher-training materials made public
In response to growing parental concern over the use of Critical Race Theory in public-school classrooms, one state lawmaker wants Oklahoma schools to publicly post their teacher-training materials.
Ray Carter | November 30, 2021
Though ‘allowed by contract,’ OU denies communist influence on curriculum
When skeptics concerned about the role and influence of Confucius Institutes on American college campuses began asking pointed questions a few years ago, they had no idea that at the University of Oklahoma, agencies of the oppressive Chinese communist government were allowed to select the curriculum and course material Oklahoma students were forced to use.
Mike Brake | November 30, 2021
Oklahoma parent unrest could boost school freedom
Recently released district-level data show that Oklahoma parents have reason to feel as aggrieved as counterparts making their voices heard at school-board meetings across the country. Things are so bad that simply holding steady on poor performance is almost an accomplishment.
Jonathan Small | November 24, 2021
Budget & Tax
Income-tax-cut trend continues
Recent action in North Carolina and Louisiana continues the tax-cut trend seen across the country. Both states are making changes to their tax code by simplifying their income tax structures and reducing rates for both individuals and corporations.
Curtis Shelton | November 23, 2021
Stitt, other governors say vaccine mandate harming economy
Gov. Kevin Stitt and 14 other Republican governors say President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate is adding to the national labor shortage and associated supply-chain problems, further augmenting the highest level of inflation in 30 years and associated consumer harm.
Ray Carter | November 23, 2021
Tulsa teachers told to focus on ‘privilege and oppression’
During a recent professional-development training, Tulsa Public Schools teachers were told to shift their classroom focus to “privilege and oppression,” according to materials recently made public.
Ray Carter | November 22, 2021
Cancel culture goes from big tech to big government
Big-tech billionaires are not the only people in the cancel culture game. Lately, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater and Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor have been engaged in their own attempt to cancel members of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.
Ryan Haynie | November 22, 2021
Budget & Tax
How much does Oklahoma spend?
Over the last 10 years, total state spending has grown by 1.5 percent. However, the share of state spending funded by the federal government has fallen more than 12 percent in that same time.
Curtis Shelton | November 18, 2021
Teacher-pay system needs overhaul
If people are paid for tenure—length of service—rather than quality, what do you think is most likely? Will that system attract quality workers, or workers willing to simply hold down a spot?
Jonathan Small | November 17, 2021
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