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Educational Freedom
What is Truth?

December 5, 2012 - 5:29pm CST

This is a story about truth—veritas. As in: Veritas Classical Academy of Oklahoma City, a blended (or “hybrid”) educational system that combines the personal attention of homeschooling—guided by loving parents two or three days a week—with the rigor of magnificent teachers working in the Socratic m... READ MORE

Safety Opportunity Scholarships Envisioned for Students in Unsafe Public Schools

December 5, 2012 - 5:27pm CST

A leading school choice advocate is encouraging Oklahoma state lawmakers to look at model legislation creating Safety Opportunity Scholarships (SOS) for students in elementary and secondary schools. In a policy briefing at the state capitol last month, Vicki Alger of the Independent Women’s Forum s... READ MORE

A Better Way to Keep Oklahoma Students Safe at School

December 5, 2012 - 5:26pm CST

Most parents and policymakers believe their public schools are safe. They might change their minds if actual safety statistics were more transparent. A relative handful of schools nationwide (less than one in 10) account for half of violent incidents. Nevertheless, federal officials caution that cr... READ MORE

An Idea to Help Parents Afford College

November 5, 2012 - 5:31pm CST

As The Oklahoman recently noted, tuition and fees in Oklahoma continue to skyrocket: “In-state tuition and fees at OU in 1980 were $1,713 (adjusted for inflation). Today, they’re $7,340. At OSU, tuition and fees jumped from an inflation-adjusted $1,677 to $7,441 today. That’s an increase of more tha... READ MORE

Contemplating the Future of Higher Education

October 4, 2012 - 5:33pm CDT

America’s higher education system is in dire need of reform. The average college student leaves school with more than $23,000 in debt, and total student loan debt in the United States now exceeds $1 trillion. Furthermore, too many students are leaving college without the skills needed to be successf... READ MORE

The Rise of the $10,000 Bachelor’s Degree

October 4, 2012 - 5:32pm CDT

In 2011, Texas Governor Rick Perry challenged Texas public higher education to develop degrees costing no more than $10,000. This year, a number of schools complied. Until now, the debate over how best to address the crisis of runaway tuitions has produced calls to action on two fronts: (1) lowerin... READ MORE

Non-Graduating Students Cost Oklahoma Taxpayers Millions

September 4, 2012 - 5:34pm CDT

For the past 20 years I have conducted research on admissions and outcomes in public higher education and have noted the costs to states for those students who do not graduate. The state-appropriation cost for these students, of course, does not include the costs to students or parents through tuiti... READ MORE

Disabled Children Are Victims of Ideology

August 6, 2012 - 5:48pm CDT

In contemporary America it is important to understand the errors of ideology—treating ideas as principles. A principle is a general rule of good action (do good, be honest, help those in need). Principles are absolutes. An idea is not an absolute rule—it’s simply one particular way of living accor... READ MORE

What D.C. Schools Can Teach Us about Obamacare

August 6, 2012 - 5:45pm CDT

Thanks to the recent Supreme Court ruling, the federal government has gained broad new powers to control the nation’s health care system. This, we are told by the President and his fellow travelers, will save money, expand access, and improve quality. One way to gauge the chances of that is to see ... READ MORE

It’s Time to Tear Down Education’s ‘Berlin Wall’

July 3, 2012 - 5:52pm CDT

Getting lost in the complexities of education reform is easy, so I use the following analogy to help me understand the daily ebb and flow of school reform issues. School districts are East Germany. School-choice programs are refugee camps for people who have left East Germany. The promised land (... READ MORE

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