Thursday, September 21, 2017

By a margin of more than 4 to 1, Oklahoma Republicans say tax dollars should follow the child

In a recent statewide survey of 1,016 likely Oklahoma voters (margin of error: plus-minus 3.07 percent), respondents were asked:
Educational choice gives parents the right to use the tax dollars associated with their child’s education to send their child to the public or private school which best serves their needs. Generally speaking, would you say you support or oppose the concept of educational choice?
Fully 65 percent of those surveyed say they support using tax dollars to send their child to a school of choice, whereas 28 percent oppose. Oklahoma Republicans, Democrats, and Independents all support educational choice—with the Republican tally coming in at 76 percent to 17 percent.

Read the entire survey here.

Edmond pre-K student found wandering near busy roadway after leaving school

KFOR has the story.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Vian school bus driver under investigation for picking up hitchhiker

"A school bus driver for Vian Public Schools is currently under investigation, according to Superintendent Victor Salcedo," KFSM reports. "Salcedo said the bus driver is accused of giving a hitchhiker and a dog a ride on their bus while students were on board on September 12."

One parent, Naticia Drew, says she has had problems with this particular driver before. "The kids have been late for 45 minutes because they told me she felt like she needed to call on some horses or some dogs that were sick and wait on animal control to get there."

Trump favors educational choice

Course choice for rural schools

Good article by Jonathan Small today in the Enid News & Eagle.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Matt Damon wants to limit school choice for your kids

Of course, he sends his kids to posh private schools, the Daily Caller reminds us.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Woman says Caney Valley teacher is bullying special-needs third grader

KJRH has the story.

Hilldale teacher says student assaulted her and exposed himself

CNHI News has the story.

Why millennials support school choice

"We’re used to having plenty of options," Tommy Schultz explains, "and we distrust institutions."

Ed choice can help ease growing pains

Deer Creek has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best public school districts in Oklahoma. For example, the average student in Deer Creek is performing better in math than 72 percent of students in Oklahoma, according to researchers at the George W. Bush Institute. Moreover, the average student in Deer Creek is performing better in math than 67 percent of students in the United States and better than 56 percent of students in other developed economies.

Unsurprisingly, many parents want to live in the district. The Oklahoman noted last week that Deer Creek's enrollment is increasing. With that in mind, policymakers should always be aware that private-school choice policies (vouchers, tax credits, ESAs, etc.) can serve as a "pressure release valve" in high-growth areas like Deer Creek.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Henry Scholarships are improving education

"The success of Oklahoma's Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program proves that when customers have power, providers are more responsive and service improves," the state's largest newspaper editorializes. "This is breaking news only in government."
Critics of the scholarship program argue parents aren't capable of figuring out if their child is properly served in a private school, but then argue those same parents are fully capable of navigating federal, state and local bureaucracies to obtain an improvement in services not being rendered in a public school. If you can do the latter, then obviously you can do the former.
Read the whole thing here.