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Get the facts about Oklahoma education finance

February 13, 2018 - 9:17am CST

Because meaningful debate relies on good information, OCPA operates an education finance data tool. The web-based tool is available to the public at no cost here, and makes it easy to find financial information about Oklahoma’s public schools. The data comes from the Oklahoma Cost Accounting System ... READ MORE

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Private schools, public benefit

February 9, 2018 - 8:53am CST

Americans instinctively dislike monopolies, even rail against Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Tobacco, Big Whatever. These have a modicum of competition. There is one monopoly, however, that government not only allows, it controls. I’m talking, of course, about Big Learning. Read the rest over on The Jou... READ MORE

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Going Backward on Education Transparency

February 2, 2018 - 1:22pm CST

A bill passed during the last legislative session has changed how Oklahoma’s State Department of Education reports expenses. HB 1202 states that “aggregate current expenditures shall not include expenditures for adult and community education, facilities acquisition and construction services, debt se... READ MORE

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Give School Districts Flexibility to Raise Teacher Pay

January 30, 2018 - 11:03am CST

Oklahoma’s education system is enjoying near-record revenues. Unfortunately, as OCPA’s education data tool makes clear, too much of the money is cordoned off in silos. Thus we end up with unfortunate scenarios like what’s going on in Catoosa Public Schools. Citing a lack of funding, Catoosa went to ... READ MORE

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Create Scholarships for Children of Incarcerated Parents

January 30, 2018 - 10:59am CST

Oklahoma has an important private-school voucher program, the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program for Children with Disabilities. The program, enacted in 2010, is helping teenage students who are battling addiction, bullied children who contemplated suicide, rural students who want a faith-bas... READ MORE

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Let Teachers Vote on Unions

January 29, 2018 - 4:40pm CST

By Jonathan Small Helping teachers and students succeed is a goal we all share, a goal that matters most for Oklahoma’s most vulnerable young people. Getting public policy right in the area of education includes respecting teachers and freeing them from the shackles of old, outmoded systems. One o... READ MORE

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Expand Parental Choice in Education

January 29, 2018 - 4:38pm CST

By Brandon Dutcher Oklahoma has two private-school choice programs which are benefiting students. In 2018, policymakers should expand them and enact new ones. Vouchers Oklahoma’s private-school voucher program, the Lindsey Nicole Henry (LNH) Scholarship Program for Children with Disabilities, is ... READ MORE

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Relax School Regulations

January 29, 2018 - 4:32pm CST

By Greg Forster In Oklahoma and across the nation, we’ve been trying to improve education by tightening regulations on schools. The 1889 Institute recently published a database of mandates that Oklahoma public schools have to follow, and it’s a mind-boggling experience. The irony is that better edu... READ MORE

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School Serves Children of Incarcerated Parents

January 29, 2018 - 4:26pm CST

By Mike Brake What challenges do children with parents in prison face? Ask Robin Khoury, founder and director of Little Light Christian School in Oklahoma City: “Shame. Grief. Anxiety. Post-traumatic stress disorder. Poverty.  Attention deficit or hyperactivity. Attachment disorders. And a wide ra... READ MORE

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Poll Shows More Than OEA Will Tell

January 15, 2018 - 4:54pm CST

Does a new poll commissioned by Oklahoma’s largest teachers union show that Oklahomans want their taxes raised? From the press release, op-ed, and media coverage, you might think so. Except that the poll itself says just about the opposite. While Oklahomans are concerned about education and abo... READ MORE

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