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State Budget Cuts Don’t Explain Tuition Increases

December 2, 2016 - 3:29pm CST

By Preston Cooper History is replete with examples of obvious yet incorrect answers. The sun revolves around the earth. Labor inputs determine a good’s value. Now, another example has emerged. In the aftermath of the Great Recession, an obvious—yet ultimately incorrect—explanation for the rise in c... READ MORE

Oklahomans Want Educational Choices

December 1, 2016 - 2:07pm CST

By Brandon Dutcher An honest reading of the public-opinion survey data over the past couple of years shows that Oklahomans favor educational choice. In the last two years, six different public opinion surveys—from respected polling firms such as Tarrance, SoonerPoll, and Cole Hargrave Snodgrass—ha... READ MORE

Why Schools Don't Deliver

December 1, 2016 - 9:09am CST

By Greg Forster I don’t often get great new insights when I read the work of Oklahoma edu-blogger Rob Miller. But I did have an epiphany of sorts when I recently read an article of his arguing that public schools underperform for the same reason the post office does—because meddling politicians are... READ MORE

School choice for foster kids

November 28, 2016 - 10:00am CST

Several Oklahoma schoolchildren will have the opportunity on Tuesday to join Governor Mary Fallin at the annual lighting of the Christmas tree on the south steps of the state Capitol, KSWO reports. Moreover, “as part of the governor’s Oklahoma Fosters initiative, foster families and sibling groups, ... READ MORE

Survey: Most Oklahomans See Educational Choice as a Moral Right

November 11, 2016 - 1:11pm CST

Survey: Most Oklahomans See Educational Choice as a Moral Right By Jay Chilton Should parents be allowed to use the tax dollars intended for the education of their child to subsidize the cost of an education at a privately operated school? Most Oklahoma voters say yes, according to a new SoonerPo... READ MORE


November 1, 2016 - 11:34am CDT

Why Government Governs Its Schools Wrong (And How to Fix It) Oklahoma policymakers should take a hard look at school board elections,  building-level autonomy, principal training, transparency measures, and other public-school governance reforms. By Greg Forster For two generations, “account... READ MORE

Higher Ed Bloat Wastes Millions

October 25, 2016 - 3:04pm CDT

Higher Ed Bloat Wastes Millions By Brandon Dutcher As Perspective readers well know, OCPA is devoted to public policy research and analysis. But what you may not realize is that in OCPA’s 22-year history we also have raised $127,000 and awarded it to Oklahoma students to attend college. That’s a ... READ MORE

With a Boost from a School Choice Program, Life-Changing School Coming to Oklahoma

October 14, 2016 - 10:31am CDT

With a Boost from a School Choice Program, Life-Changing School Coming to Oklahoma By Patrick McGuigan One of the nation’s most effective college prep and work experience programs will come to Oklahoma in one year, thanks to existing state policy providing a steady model for financing. Studen... READ MORE

Don’t Blame ‘Underfunding’ for Soaring College Prices

October 1, 2016 - 4:57pm CDT

Don’t Blame ‘Underfunding’ for Soaring College Prices By Vicki Alger Death, taxes, and rising college prices—these are among life’s few certainties. Tuition and fees increases over the past five years at Oklahoma’s public higher education system are among the country’s highest, according to The ... READ MORE

School Choice Improves Public Education

October 1, 2016 - 4:08pm CDT

School Choice Improves Public Education School choice is the best-researched education issue, possibly the best-researched policy issue of any kind. And guess what? Choice is actually the best-proven method—by far—of improving public schools. If you’re serious about helping public schools, you sho... READ MORE

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