Saturday, November 18, 2017

Two teachers injured in OKC student fight caught on camera

"A brawl among seven students in the middle of a high school hallway ended with teachers injured and students with costly fines, and the whole thing was caught on camera," KOCO reports.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Oklahoma schools have history of sexual assaults involving athletes

KTUL has the story.

Family says Tulsa elementary school refuses to acknowledge child’s disabilities

KJRH has the story.

Tulsa mother upset after drugs handed out at school

"Mary Josephson says she's frustrated and scared after learning that a Memorial Junior High School student gave out a drug to several people last week," the News on 6 reports.
Josephson’s son, who goes to Memorial Junior High, told her that it was a chaotic scene. "People were throwing up, some people were high and some people were like zombies,” said Josephson. Josephson says she believes the district should've notified all parents of students at the school.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

More regulation and less-diverse school options

"Our results suggest that burdensome packages of regulations likely limit schooling choices in an unfortunate way," Corey A. DeAngelis and Lindsey Burke write. "Policymakers and school choice advocates interested in establishing a robust universe of education options that are responsive to family needs and preferences should limit red tape and enable private schools to retain their unique identity and character."

Friday, November 10, 2017

The educational background of American homegrown terrorists

"For decades, we've heard opponents of school choice claim that the government school monopoly is our only protection against 'jihad schools' that will teach children to hate and kill," Greg Forster wrote last year. "In all that time, you know what we haven't seen? Jihad schools, operating in any of the nation's 59 private school choice programs across 28 states."

Indeed, what if it turns out that most terrorists actually attended traditional public schools? In a new EDRE working paper ("Does Private Islamic Schooling Promote Terrorism? An Analysis of the Educational Background of Successful American Homegrown Terrorists"), M. Danish Shakeel and Patrick J. Wolf write:
Some commentators argue that private religious schools are less likely to inculcate the attributes of good citizenship than traditional public schools, specifically proposing that private Islamic schools are relatively more likely to produce individuals sympathetic to terrorism. This study offers a preliminary examination of the question by studying the educational backgrounds of Western-educated terrorists. While data are limited, in accord with prior work findings indicate the vast majority of both Islamic and reactionary terrorists attended traditional public schools and had no religious education; hence findings suggest that early religious training and identification may actually encourage prosocial behavior.

Scholarship tax credit providing value to students, Oklahoma state finances

The state's largest newspaper discusses a recent fiscal-impact study undertaken by two OCU economists.

Bixby police, school board confirm investigation of possible sexual assault

The Tulsa World and KOTV have details.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The relationship between public and private schooling and anti-Semitism

"No previous research has directly examined the relationship between attending a public or private school as a child and people’s attitudes toward Jews when they become adults," Jay P. Greene and Ian Kingsbury write.
This article sheds new light on this issue by using a large, nationally representative survey of over 1,500 adults in the United States to see how childhood schooling is related to adult anti-Semitism. It finds that even after controlling for a variety of background characteristics, people who attended private schools exhibit more positive attitudes toward Jews than those who attended public schools.

Oklahoma teacher allegedly solicits nude photographs of 14-year-old former student

"A teacher previously employed at a northwest Oklahoma school allegedly solicited nude photographs of a 14-year-old student whom he once coached in basketball," the Tulsa World reports.
Vincent Chad Warford, 45, a former teacher at Freedom Public Schools in Woods County, allegedly contacted the former student in September, requesting salacious photos, according to court records. Tulsa County deputies arrested Warford on Tuesday at his Glenpool apartment. According to his arrest report, Warford is on administrative leave from Liberty Public Schools. Liberty schools Superintendent Jim Gilmartin said the district is aware of the charges and that they put the safety of their students as the highest priority.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

(Re)Searching for a school

Choice drives parents to become more informed, Michael F. Lovenheim and Patrick Walsh write.

Friday, November 3, 2017