Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fallin proclaims 'School Choice Week'

For the sixth year in a row, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has recognized National School Choice Week by proclaiming the week of January 22 to be School Choice Week in Oklahoma. Her official proclamation is here.

"Oklahoma has a multitude of high-quality educational institutions, including public, private, charter, virtual, career technology, tribal, religious, home, and other schools from which our students can benefit," Gov. Fallin says. "Oklahoma is committed to continually improving the quality of educational opportunities and empowering parents and students to choose effective education options that best fit their needs and academic goals."

State lawmakers should secure parental rights

"Rather than continuing to penalize parents financially for raising their children in accordance with their consciences," I tell School Reform News in its February issue, "it’s time for Oklahoma policymakers to enact and expand policies—vouchers, tax credits, ESAs, and more—which secure parental rights."

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Friday, January 13, 2017

Teachers (and students) in harm's way

"Several incidents in Oklahoma schools have occurred in which teachers have been physically harmed by children in the 3rd and 4th grades," says the leader of one teacher organization.

Ed choice and economic growth

Writing today in The Journal Record, OCPA president Jonathan Small says educational choice can help boost the number of college graduates and spur economic growth in Oklahoma.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ed choice mythbusting never ends

With a new legislative session set to begin, Greg Forster (again) looks at some common myths about school choice in Oklahoma.

Drain the swamp

When a GOP campaign consultant advises Joy Hofmeister to feign conservative views and then do the bidding of the education establishment, that’s a problem. Read Andrew Spiropoulos's column today in The Journal Record.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Disabled student denied entry into Piedmont schools

"Piedmont school officials refused to admit a 17-year-old disabled student into the district even though his mother was an employee at the time," Tim Farley reports. "This isn’t the first time parents with disabled children have encountered problems gaining services or entry into Piedmont schools."

Yet another reminder of why Oklahoma's special-needs voucher program is so important.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

A tax deduction for education

"Education is an investment with some expected return," Roy Cordato and Sheldon Richman write. "Its purpose is to enhance the future productivity and income of students. Thus, principles of efficient tax policy suggest tht all personal expenditures on education ... should be made with pretax dollars."

Read the whole thing here.

Trump runs the risk of destroying school choice

"If DeVos and Trump love school choice and the children it benefits, they will keep the federal government far, far away from them," Joy Pullmann writes. "Trump should not destroy school choice in the name of expanding it."

EPIC continues to grow

Oklahoma's 14th largest school system, though nearly last in per-pupil funding, is at or near the top in teacher pay (which is based on student performance).

A word of caution to the Trump administration on school choice

Good advice from Will Flanders and Jake Curtis.