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Educational Freedom
Langston Professor Says School Choice Benefits Students

December 13, 2014 - 3:26pm CST

Despite spending more money on public education than many other developed countries, America’s student-performance woes persist—in part because public schools often have no motivation to improve. But the increasing availability of educational options—charter schools, virtual schools, magnet schools,... READ MORE

Parents, Not Government Officials, Should Determine Their Child’s Path

November 13, 2014 - 9:29am CST

In 2007 the U.S. Chamber of Commerce published a report, “Leaders & Laggards,” which gave Oklahoma’s public school system an “F.” The report said “student performance in Oklahoma is very poor—the state ranks among the lowest in the nation.” This sobering news prompted Oklahoma State University regen... READ MORE

The ABCs of Big Government in Oklahoma

November 3, 2014 - 9:31am CST

Shortly after the Oklahoma Legislature convened in February of this year, the Tulsa World warned in an editorial column that any proposed tax cuts would leave state government “starved” for operating revenue, dooming us to status as a “backward state.” “By all accounts,” the column claimed, “Oklaho... READ MORE

School Choice Heals Religious Divisions

October 29, 2014 - 9:32am CDT

Oklahoma special-needs children recently lost a battle in their four-year war for education freedom. But it isn’t just their opportunity for a better education that’s at stake. Oklahoma’s commitment to religious freedom, pluralism, and social harmony between people of different beliefs is also impli... READ MORE

When 'Dark' Brings Light: First Amendment Money Yields School Choice Victories in Oklahoma

October 23, 2014 - 9:33am CDT

When it comes to independent expenditures in American campaigns, policy preferences may drive how one refers to political spending intended to sway voters one way or another on substantive matters. Those in the national news media and a range of left-leaning advocacy groups who hate comparatively... READ MORE

A Textbook Case of Misplaced Priorities

September 19, 2014 - 9:44am CDT

In a recent article discussing a potential income-tax cut in Oklahoma, The Oklahoman reported that state Rep. James Lockhart (D-Heavener), “noting his daughter’s school couldn’t afford to replace 10-year-old, falling-apart textbooks,” is very much opposed to the income-tax reduction. The newspaper q... READ MORE

Statewide School Choice Program Would Benefit Wage-Earners

September 19, 2014 - 9:37am CDT

Every child in America should have the same educational opportunity as do President Obama’s children. They enjoy school choice. However, the existing model of education for the last fifty-plus years places the interests of union officials, bureaucrats, and elite professionals before the interests of... READ MORE

Policy Ideas for Safeguarding Our Children's Futures

September 19, 2014 - 9:37am CDT

Given that children are the key to a prosperous economy, what lessons should our political leaders always keep in mind when crafting public policy? Allow me to suggest three. First, the presence of state and national debt is economic theft from our children. Their tax burden as working adults will ... READ MORE

The Future of School Choice

September 19, 2014 - 9:36am CDT

There’s no getting around it—compared to the last few years, 2014 brought much less progress for school choice. New programs were created in Florida and Kansas, and an Arizona program was modestly expanded. But if school choice supporters were the kind of people to get discouraged by an off year, ch... READ MORE

The Soul of Moderation: Black Oklahomans for School Choice

September 19, 2014 - 9:34am CDT

It is September, which means another crop of black children is about to have their lives ruined in lousy schools with lousy teachers and lowered expectations. Commentators will again give the benefit of the doubt to a dysfunctional education establishment that values the prerogatives of employees mo... READ MORE

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