Health Care

Free Market Friday: Agency scandal worse for lack of sunlight

A 2015 veto by Gov. Mary Fallin left some observers scratching their heads. After all, the bill had passed overwhelmingly: 69 to 19 in the House and 39 to 1 in the Senate. A public opinion poll showed similar bipartisan support for the bill among voters.

Jonathan Small
May 25, 2018
Budget & Tax

'Behavior change' company hired by TSET made millions from Obama Administration

In 2011 Rescue Social Change received a $5 million federal grant that it spent hosting events at bars, giving away free koozies, and even paying people cash not to smoke. The campaign, targeted at “hipsters,” was item number four in U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake’s 2015 Star Wars-themed Wastebook. 

Staff Reports
May 24, 2018
Education

What type of school would Oklahomans select?

According to a new statewide survey of 502 likely Oklahoma voters, roughly half of Oklahomans would choose a traditional public school. And roughly half would make other choices.

Brandon Dutcher
May 24, 2018
Budget & Tax

Revenue collections ahead of the curve

Oklahoma’s economy has grown over the last ten months. That growth shows in state government’s revenue collections.

Curtis Shelton
May 23, 2018
Education

OCPA Statement on New OKCPS Superintendent

After Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) announced Sean McDaniel as its new superintendent, Trent England, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), made the following statement.

Staff
May 22, 2018
Education

Too many mandates? School boards can now make them disappear

There is a relatively new law in town, only a few years on the books, that allows a school board to designate any campus a “conversion school.” 

Brandon Dutcher
May 22, 2018
Education

Free Market Friday: Look closely at Texas on teacher pay

The Fort Worth Independent School District has rented 10 billboards around Norman, Oklahoma City, Stillwater and Tulsa advertising starting teacher salaries of $52,000 a year.

Jonathan Small
May 18, 2018
Education

2017 Oklahoma student proficiency rates

Though test scores aren’t everything, they are one useful measurement—and Oklahoma’s new test score standards provide parents and taxpayers with a more honest assessment of student performance. 

Brandon Dutcher
May 16, 2018
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