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Educational Freedom
North Tulsa Pastor Says Kids Need Educational Options

December 12, 2008 - 5:21pm CST

Dr. Donald O’Neil Tyler is the pastor of Greater Grace Temple in north Tulsa. But it was fatherhood, not his role as a pastor, which first made him a school choice advocate. “Ten years ago, I moved here to Tulsa with my family from Los Angeles,” he recalled in a recent interview. “I began to look a... READ MORE

Underpaid? Hey, Me Too!

December 4, 2008 - 5:22pm CST

Recent news stories tell us that the state’s most powerful labor union has collected signed petitions asking for more money for education. In the months ahead, you can bet you’ll be reminded that teacher pay in Oklahoma ranks near the bottom in 50-state rankings. What you’re not likely to get is so... READ MORE

Demography Is Not Destiny

November 7, 2008 - 5:24pm CST

Educators sometimes imply that we shouldn’t expect too much from low-income and minority students. Florida proves them wrong. Thanks to abundant school choice and systemic education reform, Hispanic 4th graders in Florida now have higher reading scores than the statewide average of all students in O... READ MORE

Hoping Against HOPE

November 6, 2008 - 5:26pm CST

A respected Oklahoma economist explains why the teacher union’s latest funding push would be bad for the state. The virtually eternal quest by Oklahoma’s public education establishment for greater state funding has now taken the form of its HOPE (Helping Oklahoma Public Education) initiative petiti... READ MORE

'Parents Who Trust Us'

November 1, 2008 - 5:28pm CDT

An OCPA research fellow brings home lessons from Taiwan on education policy: ‘Take the dollars and use them for education’—whether the schools are public or private. TAIPEI, Taiwan—For the sake of better education on the island of Taiwan, families with five-year-old children studying in private kin... READ MORE

Special-Needs Students Deserve School Choice

October 15, 2008 - 5:31pm CDT

Let's suppose you are one of the growing number of parents whose child has been affected by autism. Each of your waking moments is dedicated to coping with this tremendous challenge. Now suppose that you are the superintendent of a small school district. As the steward of the taxpayers' res... READ MORE

A Chance to Choose

October 5, 2008 - 5:34pm CDT

In the life of a reporter, you hear lots of stories. Many, even some good ones, never work their way into print. This one did. Among other things, it is a story about choices. Jolene, 16 years old at the time, awoke in a temporary place of safety, a shelter where the father who had abused her for y... READ MORE

Does Education Spending Boost Economic Growth?

October 1, 2008 - 5:37pm CDT

Policy discussions on education spending usually revolve around the assumption that more spending equals better educational outcomes and greater economic growth. Unfortunately, this is a very simplistic way to look at a complex public policy issue. A brief review of cutting-edge academic research s... READ MORE

Educating Students for Freedom

October 1, 2008 - 5:36pm CDT

There has been a great deal of concern about what is called "civic illiteracy," the fact that not only students but even adults don't know the most basic principles of our government. Various groups, such as the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, have conducted surveys which indicate that, even ... READ MORE

Let’s Expand Higher-Ed Vouchers in Oklahoma

September 27, 2008 - 5:38pm CDT

Competition is good. In sports, competition forces athletes to strive harder and get better in order to succeed. In business, competition encourages firms to serve the needs of their customers more efficiently. Likewise, more competition in Oklahoma's higher education system would be beneficial... READ MORE

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