Oklahoma lawmakers eye education savings accounts
John Bicknell | January 30, 2017
School choice is on the legislative agenda in Oklahoma this year, with education savings accounts getting much of the attention, the Tulsa World reports. A bill by Sen. Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma City, would create an ESA program allowing parents to spend their child’s allotment of state education money on tuition, textbooks, tutoring and other educational needs. Loveless is […]
Native American artist challenges Oklahoma’s right to say who is an Indian
Native American artist challenges Oklahoma’s right to say who is an Indian
Kathy Hoekstra | December 02, 2016
The Smithsonian National Museum in Washington, D.C., and Sports Illustrated model Kathy Ireland have something in common. Both have displayed the award-winning American Indian artwork of Peggy Fontenot, one of the 1,500 members of the Patawomeck Tribe of Virginia. “It’s history is with Pocahontas, John Smith and Jamestown,” Fontenot, who now lives in California, tells […]
Morality and money: Criminal justice reform takes a step forward in Oklahoma
Morality and money: Criminal justice reform takes a step forward in Oklahoma
John Crowe | November 25, 2016
It’s wrong. It costs too much. Put those arguments together, and you have a potent political message on criminal justice reform, evidenced by the electoral success of a pair of initiatives in Oklahoma aimed at reducing incarceration rates and reallocating funding to drug treatment programs. Right on Crime state director Andrew Speno characterized his organization’s […]
Unsung Hero: An Oklahoma doctor brings the market back to medicine
Taylor Millard | November 18, 2016
Oklahoma City anesthesiologist Dr. Keith Smith was running his practice full-time in the early 1990s when he decided it was time to change the equation. So he and a colleague created the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, a facility that accepts only cash payment instead of billing insurance companies or the government.
Oklahoma voters choose school choice
Amelia Hamilton | November 09, 2016
Voters chose to support school choice in Oklahoma, heading to the polls in support of educational freedom over those who would maintain the educational status quo.
Rapid growth defines Oklahoma online school
Amelia Hamilton | September 30, 2016
Oklahoma’s largest online charter school has nearly tripled its enrollment in the past three years, and is showing no signs of slowing down. With enrollment currently at 8,500, the school hopes to have 10,000 students by the middle of the school year. “Clearly, we’re providing a quality of service and education that families are enjoying and appreciate, or […]
Sanders supporters’ ‘Fart-In’ may be all hot air, but delegates won’t be silenced
Sanders supporters’ ‘Fart-In’ may be all hot air, but delegates won’t be silenced
M.D. Kittle | July 28, 2016
They can’t threaten us anymore. They can’t take my credentials. It’s over tonight. I don’t have to be a good girl any more. I don’t have to take it anymore.”
Oklahoma moves to shut down virtual charter school
Amelia Hamilton | July 21, 2016
Oklahoma’s Virtual Charter School Board is looking for the first time to shut down one of the schools under its purview. The board voted in May to terminate the contract of ABLE Charter School because of multiple concerns, including financial reporting problems and questions about compliance with the state Open Meeting Act. The school is […]
Swipe and seize: Oklahoma gives cops new tool to make civil forfeiture easier
Swipe and seize: Oklahoma gives cops new tool to make civil forfeiture easier
Eric Boehm | June 09, 2016
Police in Oklahoma have a long history of abusing civil forfeiture laws to seize cash. So why is the state giving them new tools to make such abuses easier?
School choice vs. Blaine amendments
Amelia Hamilton | February 10, 2016
The City-Sentinel in Oklahoma has a nice history lesson explaining how obscure provisions named for James G. Blaine,  a 19th century nativist politician “who wanted to reshape the First Amendment in his own anti-Catholic image,” are hindering 21st century efforts to expand school choice. Read the whole thing here.