The Oklahoman has the story.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The Oklahoman has the story.
KOCO-TV has the story.
Perry Chiaramonte has the story.
In a November 11 debate at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Michael Petrilli and Jenni White disagreed strongly on the wisdom of adopting Common Core State Standards. They did, however, find one area of agreement: the need for parental choice in education.
"We both agree that parental choice is hugely important, that it’s a fundamental right, and that it’s also a fundamental way to improve our public education system, that empowering parents is something that we absolutely have to do," said Mr. Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. "As parents, we definitely want to have that sense that we are in control of our own kids’ education."
Mrs. White, who serves on the board of Restore Oklahoma Public Education, agreed. “The only way to solve the majority of these issues is educational freedom. Freedom that allows parents to choose the school with the curricula and set of standards best in line with their children’s unique and individual needs. Instead of funding flowing to the school, funds should flow from the parents to the school in the ultimate act of educational accountability.”
Here’s a brief video clip with some more of their comments:
[Cross-posted at OCPA]
Monday, November 24, 2014
Journalist Patrick McGuigan recently pointed out that the OEA lost an election this year which they themselves had dubbed "November's most important election." Comes now Bobby Stem, executive director of the Association of Oklahoma General Contractors, writing in another context:
While the Oklahoma Education Association was able to recruit 25,000 teachers to a rally at the Capitol last session, it was unsuccessful in rallying enough voters to elect Kevin Black, an OEA member, to the Legislature. This loss may seem like a mere election night casualty, but it should serve as a clear signal to legislators that they can lead without fear.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
It's time to move Oklahoma’s K-12 school financing system "out of the dark ages," Jonathan Small writes today in The Oklahoman.
It’s time for the educational option that best suits students and their parents or guardians to be an option — just like in Medicaid, welfare assistance, transportation, higher education and numerous other state services where funds follow the person who needs the service. This is why the state should implement education savings accounts.
Friday, November 21, 2014
As is alleged.
[Warning: Parental discretion is advised.]
The Associated Press has the story.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Dr. Ben Carson (pictured above with me and one of my favorite Oklahoma homeschoolers) will be speaking on February 10, 2015, at the 30th annual Capitol Day, which is sponsored each year by the Oklahoma Christian Home Educators Consociation (OCHEC). Learn more here.
This week on Oklahoma City's FOX 25, state Superintendent-elect Joy Hofmeister made the point that it's important for parents to have good information so they can make good decisions about what schools to choose for their children.
What kinds of information exist to help parents make those choices? Fordham Institute president Michael Petrilli yesterday hosted a panel discussion exploring that very question, and Oklahoma's own Damon Gardenhire was one of the panelists:
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
News 9 has the story.