Wednesday, March 29, 2023

School choice and accountability

"No system of schooling is perfect," former teacher Michael Q. McShane writes

It is a tall order to educate hundreds of thousands or millions of students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse needs. There will always be some number of schools that underperform. You cannot micromanage that away.

Ultimately parents are closest to their children, know their children better than anyone else, and have the strongest incentives to get the best possible education for them. That doesn’t mean that they are perfect. That just means that they’re better. Safeguards must be put in place as a fall-back (and things like regular audits are part of existing education savings account programs in other states and should be part of any program going forward), but they should be designed to support and work with parents and give them the best information they need to make informed decisions.

That is how we hold schools truly accountable.

Monday, March 27, 2023

LGBTQ2S+ activists try to circumvent Oklahoma law

Oklahoma's colleges of education and the state’s largest teachers union "are in the vanguard of promoting transgenderism to children, even in the lower grades," Steve Byas writes.

Sunday, March 19, 2023

OEA advises teachers to hide information from parents

"In recent years, Oklahoma lawmakers have voted to restrict access to school bathrooms based on sex, and have voted to prevent males from competing in girls’ sports as transgender females," Ray Carter reports

But even with those laws on the books, a guidebook provided by the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) to its members advises teachers to do the opposite. That same guidance also advises teachers on ways to keep parents in the dark if a child expresses interest in a transgender identity, apparently even in situations where the child is in pre-K and/or has intellectual disabilities.

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Edmond principal hit with strip search lawsuit

"A principal in Edmond Public Schools faces a lawsuit after allegations of an unlawful strip search," KFOR reports.