Summer Re-Run: What's the best way to boost the economy? Hint — it’s not tax cuts

Note: This article originally appeared on the OK Policy Blog last December. Occasionally we are re-running blog posts on topical subjects that you may have missed the first time around. Several state leaders have taken to promoting more income tax… Read more [More...]

What's the best way to boost the economy? Hint — it's not tax cuts

Several state leaders have taken to promoting more income tax cuts as the best way to improve Oklahoma’s economy. But is that true? We recently heard Timothy Bartik, senior economist at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, discuss the latest… Read more [More...]

Guest Blog (Betty Casey): Don't Wait For Superman

Betty Casey has taught high school English, middle school gifted and talented, and Freshman Comp., English Lit. and Humanities at the University of Oklahoma and Tulsa Community College. She is currently managing editor of TulsaKids Magazine, a monthly parenting publication.… Read more [More...]

Will Oklahoma continue to lead the way in early childhood education?

Young children have one of the strongest claims for public support. They are dependent on us and clearly not to blame for any economic hardships they face. Early childhood is also a smart investment of public dollars, since providing a… Read more [More...]

Upcoming Events: Dr. Gerald Clancy explores benefits of early childhood education

The first event in the Oklahoma Department of Human Service’s fall Practice and Policy lecture series will be held Thursday, October 7th from Noon to 1 pm at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. Dr. Gerald Clancy, President of… Read more [More...]

John Thompson: The real value of early childhood education

John Thompson is an Oklahoma City teacher with 18 years of urban high school experience and an education blogger at He contributes regularly to our blog on education issues. A large body of social science has demonstrated the long-term… Read more [More...]

Pre-K: Oklahoma keeps its ranking as tops in the nation – but will it last?

We’re #1, again! Last month, the National Institute for Early Education Research released the 2009 State Preschool Yearbook,  its annual report on pre-kindergarten education across the nation.  Overall, the report’s press release proclaimed that “Oklahoma was ranked as the leader… Read more [More...]

OKC Educare: A Promising Start

In the heart of one of the poorest neighborhoods in Oklahoma City, in a state-of-the-art facility beside the railroad tracks, the smell of fresh-baked bread and cookies wafts down the halls, which wind around the building to simulate streets in… Read more [More...]

OICA Fall Forum offers an opportunity to shape policy for children

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) hosts its annual Fall Forum in Edmond on October 13 and 14. This unique event brings together hundreds of opinion leaders and advocates to identify issues affecting children. Participants work together to help… Read more [More...]

Good news!

All appearances to the contrary, we hate bad news as much as anyone. It’s just that these days, selecting topics to blog on typically leaves us with a choice between the bad (the budget) and the ugly (the economy) (or… Read more [More...]