Guest Blog (John Thompson): The rewards and dangers of NCLB waivers for urban schools

John Thompson is a former Oklahoma historian and inner city teacher who is now an education writer focusing on inner city schools. When Oklahoma’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver was granted, local news celebrated a new era of “freedom… Read more [More...]

Stuck in a Hole: What flat funding means for the common education budget

After three straight years of budget cuts, funding for public education in Oklahoma is in dire straits.  This year’s appropriation to the Department of Education is $254 million, or 10.0 percent, less than it was in 2009.  In the past… Read more [More...]

Watch This: What is a 'Community School'?

At a time when seemingly endless budget cuts are squeezing our public schools to the breaking point, the Coalition for Community Schools continues to advance a rich and comprehensive approach to education.  Their vision is one in which schools are… Read more [More...]

Beyond tuition: Better measures for the cost and value of higher education

Photo by flickr user pamhule used under a Creative Commons license. [UPDATE: A previous version of the debt-to-degree chart misidentified Northwestern Oklahoma State University as a community college when it is a four-year university. The corrected chart reflects that NWOSU… Read more [More...]

Guest Post (Paul Shinn): How we can move from good child care to quality early learning

Paul Shinn is public policy analyst for Community Action Project of Tulsa County, which offers early learning and other programs for low-income children and families across Tulsa.  This post initially appeared on CAP’s Tulsa Initiative blog. At Community Action Project… 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...]

Guest Blog (Dr. James Utterback): OETA is vital to the public education mission of Oklahoma

James W. Utterback, Ph.D. is President of Seminole State College and Chair of the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority Board. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not reflect the opinions of OETA or any other group… Read more [More...]

Higher Education – A better investment than gold

This post is by OK Policy intern Emily Callen. Emily is a senior at the University of Tulsa, where she is pursuing a major in Biology and a minor in Economics. A longtime wonk-in-training, Emily has for years been boring… Read more [More...]

Guest Blog (John Thompson): Why Oklahoma cannot afford to put children in silos

John Thompson is an education writer currently working on a book about his experience teaching for 18 years in the inner city of OKC. He has a doctorate from Rutgers University and is the author of  Closing the Frontier:  Radical… 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...]