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Free Market Friday: Voters want school choice

August 18, 2017 - 1:43pm CDT

Earlier this year in a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, public school parent Sen. James Lankford – and self-described avid supporter of public education – discussed why he also believes school choice is important. And, Sen. Lankford isn’t alone. According to a new survey of likely Oklahoma v... READ MORE

Oklahomans Want School Choices, Want Tax Dollars to Follow the Child

August 15, 2017 - 9:00am CDT

Nearly two in three Oklahoma voters support using tax dollars to choose the public or private school which best meets their child’s needs. That’s one of the findings in a new survey commissioned by OCPA just as the new school year gets under way. The statewide survey of 1,016 likely Oklahoma vo... READ MORE

Tuition Sticker Price is Not the Real Cost to Students, Families

August 14, 2017 - 4:02pm CDT

The Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education met June 28 and 29 to review state appropriation levels for the 2018 Fiscal Year and decide on the ever-pressing question of just how much state universities and colleges may charge their students in tuition--this year increasing rates an average of 5.3%. Un... READ MORE

ECU Closes Branch Campus, Continues Spending Spree

August 14, 2017 - 4:00pm CDT

One of Oklahoma’s taxpayer-funded colleges – East Central University in Ada – announced recently that it will discontinue all its programs at the University Center of Southern Oklahoma when students currently enrolled there have completed their degrees. ECU President Katricia Pierson cited the stat... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: Misleading statements harmful

August 11, 2017 - 8:42am CDT

Former House Appropriations and Budget Chair Leslie Osborn recently stated Oklahoma is “50th in the nation in tax collections.” Calling for more tuition and fee increases on working Oklahoma families, University of Oklahoma President David Boren made a similar dead-last claim regarding state support... READ MORE

Court Upholds Taxpayer Protections

August 10, 2017 - 3:57pm CDT

The Oklahoma Supreme Court today struck down the revenue provisions in Senate Bill 845 and, in so doing, upheld limits on legislative power that were added to the Oklahoma Constitution by voters a quarter century ago. Those who passed State Question 640 “did not intend that the Legislature could bla... READ MORE

Oklahoma School Districts Pay $18,500 to Hear Private-School Educator

August 10, 2017 - 9:15am CDT

[This post has been corrected (see second paragraph) and given a new headline.] Educator and motivational speaker Ron Clark, the founder of a highly acclaimed private school in Atlanta, spoke to 700 Oklahoma teachers and administrators on August 4 at the 2017-18 McAlester Public Schools (MPS) Back ... READ MORE

How Does Oklahoma’s Tax Burden Compare to Other States?

August 8, 2017 - 10:24am CDT

While many believe Oklahoma is a low-tax state, research by former Tax Foundation economist William Freeland questions this assumption. His study shows Oklahoma’s tax burden both as a share of state income and gross state product (GSP) and compares Oklahoma to the averages in all states. Freeland’s... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: Protecting Medicaid

August 4, 2017 - 3:11pm CDT

Former Gov. Frank Keating and Oklahoma City physician Dr. Doug Beall – both trustees of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs – recently entered the national health care debate with a piece in The Wall Street Journal. Their thesis? Medicaid must be dramatically reformed if we are to avoid bankrupt... READ MORE