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Parental demand may change school choice landscape

Ray Carter, Center for Independent Journalism The pandemic-related decision to provide online-only instruction at 7.5 percent of Oklahoma school districts, rather than in-class teaching, has generated a fierce backlash from parents. Many families are demanding greater school choice, ranging from the simple opportunity to choose either in-person or virtual education to endorsing the use of […]

U.S. Supreme Court Rules for School Choice and Religious Liberty, Cites Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter’s Brief

The City Sentinel Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today (June 30) commended the U.S. Supreme Court for reversing a Montana Supreme Court decision that held Montana’s school-choice scholarship program had to be eliminated because it allowed parents and their children the option of using scholarships at private religious schools. The First […]

State Chamber’s ‘OK2030’ strategic plan recommends school choice

by Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma’s State Chamber has unveiled a comprehensive vision for public policy reforms aiming “to dramatically improve our state’s rankings and prospects.” The OK 2030 document, described as “the culmination of a yearlong effort to gather ideas and input from across the state” includes major education policy reforms, […]

Sen. AJ Griffin, Rep. Tim Downing praised for school choice leadership

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Two Republican legislators who managed historic reforms in Oklahoma’s school choice program for special needs children have received recognition for their work from an advocate for parental choice in education. State Sen. AJ Griffin, R-Guthrie, and Rep. Tim Downing, R-Purcell, were named “Champions of Children” by Oklahoma’s ChoiceMatters group. Robert […]

School Choice Supporters Rally at the Oklahoma Capitol

by Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – A diverse crowd of parents and education-reform activists arrived at the State Capitol on Tuesday (March 1) to celebrate the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships program. They spent the day encouraging lawmakers to back additional School Choice measures. The rally was organized by ChoiceMatters for Kids, an organization of […]

ANALYSIS: Education Savings Accounts breathe new life into policy debates

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor Oklahoma City – “One-hundred percent supportive of education savings accounts.” That is how Governor Mary Fallin described herself in her State of the State speech  earlier this month, before encouraging the Legislature to send her a bill to “give students and parents a better chance for educational success.” It was […]

NEWS ANALYSIS: Scholar fears choice opportunities could be smothered in higher regulation

By Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Scholar Jay P. Greene has raised a red flag in a red state, telling Oklahoma policymakers to tread cautiously when considering tougher “accountability” measures in exchange for more school choice. In a recent interview concerning the national “state of play” for school choice, Greene – distinguished professor […]

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