Education

Edmond Public Schools pass incentive to attract teachers

Last week, Edmond Public Schools passed a new incentive to attract teachers to the district.

Jonathan Small , Curtis Shelton
June 12, 2018
Education

Free Market Friday: Popular Henry program improving lives

Eight years ago today, Democratic Gov. Brad Henry signed into law a bill creating a scholarship program for special-needs students. What do Oklahomans think of the program?

Jonathan Small
June 8, 2018
Education

Texas vs. Oklahoma: Education funding structure

Texas and Oklahoma differ significantly when it comes to funding education. Texas primarily relies on local funding for public schools while Oklahoma relies more on state tax dollars. Texas also puts more money in the classroom, using 61% of education spending on instruction.

Curtis Shelton
June 6, 2018
Health Care

Lessons from Alaska: Medicaid expansions fail

Oklahoma did not adopt Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion and recently enacted enrollment audits and work requirements for able-bodied recipients. This contrasts with Alaska, which is struggling with backlogs and unpaid bills after expanding Medicaid.

Cody Ray Milner
June 6, 2018
Education

Oklahoma voters support educational choice

New polling data add to a growing body of evidence showing that Oklahoma voters support educational choice.

Brandon Dutcher
June 5, 2018
Budget & Tax

Where Oklahoma state spending ranks

Oklahoma is often characterized as a low-tax state, but as OCPA has already shown, Oklahoma has not been a historically low-tax state. In fact, when data on total state spending are analyzed, Oklahoma comes in at 33 among the 50 states.

Curtis Shelton
June 5, 2018

​OCPA statement on accused professor receiving subsidies

Following the OU Daily’s report on Professor John Scamehorn, who is “accused by at least three former OU students of inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment,” Trent England, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), made the following statement.

June 5, 2018
Education

Free Market Friday: K-12 education working in Texas

Two weeks ago I asked how the Fort Worth Independent School District in Texas could hire teachers at a starting salary of $52,000 per year – about what a veteran Oklahoma teacher would make with years of service plus the recently passed raise.

Jonathan Small
June 1, 2018
Education

Plurality of Oklahomans says public schools lack accountability

According to a new statewide survey, Oklahomans are split on the question of whether public schools are accountable.

Brandon Dutcher
May 31, 2018