Saturday, May 27, 2023

Every Oklahoma parent now has educational options

Survey data tell us that roughly one in three Oklahomans would choose a private school for their children if given the option.

Well, now they have the option. Oklahoma has three private-school-choice programs from which to choose.
  1. Beginning in tax year 2024, a refundable income-tax credit (in effect, a voucher) is available to parents who incur private-school tuition expenses or homeschool expenses. Student eligibility is universal, meaning it extends to any Oklahoma resident who is eligible to enroll in a public school. More details here and here.
  2. Many students in Oklahoma—special-education students, foster kids, children adopted out of state custody, and more—are eligible for a Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship. More details here.
  3. Most students in Oklahoma are eligible to apply for a private-school scholarship funded by private donations (for which donors receive a state tax credit). Learn more about the program here, and explore schools and scholarship opportunities here, here, here, and here.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Ed choice and test-score gains

"I find strikingly large test score gains for states that have adopted voucher programs and/or Education Savings Accounts (ESAs), swamping the effect of per pupil K-12 spending on test scores," John Garen writes in The American Journal of Economics and Sociology.

Longtime Mustang teacher charged after allegedly raping former student

KFOR has the story.

Friday, May 19, 2023

It's a good question

"If educators are the experts," asks one longtime Oklahoma public school teacher, "then why are the majority of our schools failing at teaching our kids to read and do math on grade level?"

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Oklahoma homeschoolers deserve school choice

"Not all homeschool groups are glad to see the movement become larger and more diverse," my colleague Trent England observes. "It threatens their political clout to have too many homeschool families who see the world differently than they do. They are trying to keep it harder to homeschool."

At Norman schools, ‘inclusion’ may trump student safety

Ray Carter has the story.

‘Beat the hell out of him’: Blanchard bus driver caught egging on fight between students

KFOR has the story.

Monday, May 15, 2023