Voters want Oklahoma officials to honor Janus rights

In 2018, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that public employees have a First Amendment right to choose whether or not to pay a union. A new survey shows that Oklahomans want state officials to honor those rights.

October 9, 2019

Foster and adoptive children receiving school choice opportunities

When the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship program was opened to foster and adopted children in 2017, no one knew how popular it would be. While participation in the program has grown steadily in three years, for at least one family with five foster and adopted children, the program extension has been literally life-changing. 

Mike Brake
October 9, 2019
Budget & Tax, Education

How much is enough?

With our state’s political leaders operating in an environment of scarce resources and competing demands, it's time for the education community’s entrenched special interests to answer the question: How much is enough?

Jonathan Small
October 8, 2019
Budget & Tax

Oklahoma rig count highlights wisdom of fiscal prudence

Oklahoma’s rig count reached a three-year low, pointing to a dampened confidence in the energy industry. This lack of confidence could impact Oklahoma’s economic outlook as the global economy continues to slow.

Curtis Shelton
October 8, 2019

Lankford predicts Trump impeachment by Democratic House

U.S. Sen. James Lankford says he believes the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives will impeach President Donald Trump before the end of the year, but suggested the Senate is unlikely to convict Trump and remove him from office because it appears Trump is being impeached simply over policy differences.

Ray Carter
October 7, 2019
Health Care

Don’t be fooled: Federal government holds all the Medicaid cards

Medicaid expansion has proven to be a costly mistake for states. Oklahoma lawmakers should be wary of expanding Medicaid in exchange for temporary “conservative” reforms.

Kaitlyn Finley
October 4, 2019

Building funds a challenge for both charter and district schools

Because Oklahoma’s public charter schools, unlike their traditional counterparts, do not receive local property tax funding, it is very difficult to pay for quality facilities, lawmakers were told at a recent legislative study. At the same time, some traditional districts face similar problems for a different reason: Their local property valuations are too low to pay for construction and repairs.

Ray Carter
October 3, 2019

Teachers’ union calls for gun control

The National Education Association is urging its members, which include a sizable share of Oklahoma teachers, to lobby Congress to pass new gun-control laws.

Ray Carter
October 2, 2019