Saturday, August 1, 2015

Keating raps odious Blaine Amendment

Terrific piece in The Oklahoman by Oklahoma's 25th governor.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

'Oklahoma needs to do more to rid schools of predators'

"Unfortunately," The Oklahoman points out, "it’s now possible for pedophiles to quietly resign and retain teaching licenses."

Oklahoma teachers need power to stop classroom mini-riots

"Concerning school problems," writes Anatoly Arutunoff of Tulsa, "what teacher would stay where kids throw books and are out of control? I don't know if we need more money for schools, but we certainly need to give the teachers power to stop the mini-riot behavior in the classrooms."

Monday, July 27, 2015

Oklahoma's unsavory Blaine Amendment

Mark DeForrest, an associate professor in the legal research and writing program at the Gonzaga University School of Law, discusses it in the Tulsa World.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Vouchers are a victory for liberty

"Vouchers for education advance a far more spontaneous order than direct government control of schools," writes Northwestern University law professor John O. McGinnis.

Former Commerce teacher sentenced for second-degree rape

A former Commerce teacher and coach was sentenced to a year in jail for three separate charges of second-degree rape, the Miami News-Record reports.
The victim, who was a junior at the time at Commerce High School, says in her statement included in the PSI, she lost friends, was talked about on social media, missed school, and had a teacher mention the incident in class causing her to run to the counselor in tears and caused problems in her family relationships. 
“I want him to go to prison. If he had done this only one time and was sorry about it, then maybe probation would be ok. But he did this three times and isn't really sorry for what he did. Maybe this will show other teachers they can't do this and get away with it. I want this case to show other girls, that if this happens, they will be believed and there will be a punishment for the teacher doing this,” the victim's written statement said.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Oklahoma teachers accused of sex with students

NewsOK is noticing a trend.

Is $156K per classroom enough?

Today in the Journal Record, OCPA president Michael Carnuccio asks the business-savvy readers of that newspaper to consider if perhaps there is too much overhead in Oklahoma's government-run monopoly education system. Read his column here.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Opportunity Scholarship Fund picking up steam

Manuel attends Happy Hands Education Center, a center
for families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

"Donations to the Opportunity Scholarship Fund topped a half million dollars yesterday," executive director Michael Lapolla reports.

Cutting your own tax bill while helping children: that's what you call a win-win.

Oklahoma public school superintendent welcomes competition

"Santa Fe South Charter School Superintendent Chris Brewster welcomes competition, even if it means he could lose students," Tim Willert reports for The Oklahoman.
It’s one of the reasons Brewster has agreed to let a new charter school occupy a portion of his middle school campus and athletic facility on a temporary basis.
“It’s good for the families that we will compete,” he said Tuesday, referring to Lighthouse Academies of Oklahoma City. “We’ll have to provide the best academic option for our kids to keep our families, and I think that’s very healthy.” ...
“The more quality schools we can provide for Oklahoma City kids, the better,” Brewster said.
Now that is refreshing.