Thursday, January 26, 2023

School choice timeline

"School choice may seem like a new idea," the Cato Institute points out. "But as this timeline shows, empowering families to choose has a long history, both as an idea and in practice."

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

School choice doesn't harm rural schools

“Opponents of education choice often make two arguments about its effect on rural areas: (1) Education choice will not help in rural areas because there are few or no alternatives to the district school system, and (2) education choice will destroy the district school system because so many students will leave for alternative options. These two claims are mutually exclusive. They cannot both be true, but they can both be—and indeed are—false.”

The sky won't fall

The special interests who run Oklahoma's public school system need to show a little more confidence in their schools, especially rural schools. If parents are satisfied, they won't leave.

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Oklahoma legislation seeks to prevent mass shootings

"A proposed Oklahoma law would require every public school building to undergo a risk and vulnerability assessment within the next three years in an effort to harden them against active shooters," CNHI reports.

Many teachers think civics education is about promoting activism

"A new RAND survey of K-12 teachers found that more K-12 teachers think civics education is about promoting environmental activism than 'knowledge of social, political, and civic institutions,'" Rick Hess and RJ Martin write.

Oklahoma teacher says 'trans girls are girls'

 He also claims to teach history through an "antiracist" lens.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Former Marlow band director sentenced to federal prison

"A former band director with the Marlow Public School system was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for a sexual offense involving a student," KOKH reports.

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

‘Civics’ group says HB 1775 will ‘limit civic education’

This left-of-center organization promotes activism in Oklahoma schools, decries HB 1775 as a “censorship law,” and wants to lower the voting age to 16. Oklahoma’s lawmakers and state superintendent should push back.

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Former Mid-Del employee sentenced to 45 years for production of child pornography

This school employee "violated his position of trust as an educator of special needs children when he chose to sexually abuse and exploit these vulnerable children who could not defend themselves," says the U.S. Attorney.

Nearly 19 of 20 Oklahoma high-school graduates unprepared in STEM

Ray Carter has the story.