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Buffett and Gates Are Wrong about What Schools Need

August 2, 2010 - 4:11pm CDT

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett want the world’s billionaires to donate half their wealth to charity. If they’re successful with just their American peers, they’ll raise about $600 billion—an amount U.S. public schools spend in a single year. And therein lies a problem. At the behest of Buffett and G... READ MORE

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Strategic Revision: New Survey Supplants Old

August 2, 2010 - 4:07pm CDT

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion,” goes an old saying attributed to Daniel Patrick Moynihan, “but not to his own facts.” This is especially true in the world of think tankery, where credibility is the coin of the realm. People may disagree with OCPA’s opinions—and believe me, many people do... READ MORE

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Oklahoma's Literacy Levels 'Abysmal'

August 2, 2010 - 3:17pm CDT

As you can see in the preceding pages, the level of civic literacy in this state is a real problem. But that shouldn’t be terribly surprising when you consider where we are with respect to literacy itself—the ability to read. Last year I had the opportunity to contribute an article to a publication... READ MORE

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How School Choice Came to Oklahoma

June 30, 2010 - 3:20pm CDT

For many years I have reported in newspapers, in cyberspace, and in the broadcast arena. Due to my own interest and leavened by experiences as an inner-city educator, I have written hundreds of stories on education. A high percentage of those have been focused on school choice. While choice was onc... READ MORE

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Higher Education's Bubble Is About to Burst

June 29, 2010 - 3:24pm CDT

It's a story of an industry that may sound familiar. The buyers think what they're buying will appreciate in value, making them rich in the future. The product grows more and more elaborate, and more and more expensive, but the expense is offset by cheap credit provided by sellers eager to ... READ MORE

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Dreams, Challenges, and a Journey, Together

June 1, 2010 - 3:25pm CDT

Some stories write themselves. This is one of those. Emily Deal lives in the MidTown area of Oklahoma City. She is the mother of three, one of them an autistic son. State Sen. Patrick Anderson, an Enid Republican, told her story in a May 20 letter to Senate colleagues. When Emily went to enroll her... READ MORE

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Oklahomans Say More Spending Won't Help

May 3, 2010 - 3:28pm CDT

"There's a tradition in education," former New York City school chancellor Frank Macchiarola once observed, "that if you spend a dollar and it doesn't work, you should spend two dollars; and not only that, you should give those two dollars to the same person who couldn't do the job with ... READ MORE

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Charting Oklahoma's Education Productivity Collapse

April 1, 2010 - 3:30pm CDT

I was asked recently by OCPA's Brandon Dutcher to investigate the relationship between spending and student achievement in Oklahoma, and to chart the results as I've done for U.S. school spending and student achievement. The chart appeared last month in these pages, and is reprinted here. F... READ MORE

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But Things Will Be Different This Time, Trust Me

March 1, 2010 - 3:31pm CST

"There's a tradition in education," former New York City school chancellor Frank Macchiarola once observed, "that if you spend a dollar and it doesn't work, you should spend two dollars; and not only that, you should give those two dollars to the same person who couldn't do the job with ... READ MORE

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Newberry Bill Advances Scholarships for Parental Choice

February 1, 2010 - 3:43pm CST

In an attempt to expand the choices available for parents of elementary and secondary students, state Sen. Dan Newberry (R-Tulsa) this month introduced the Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Act. Senate Bill 1922 would allow individual income tax credits (with some limitations) of up ... READ MORE

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