Tag: Oklahoma and school choice

‘It’s just time to be bold’: Oklahoma lawmaker files Education Freedom Act

Editor’s note: This article appeared Saturday on Oklahoma’s ktul.com. During the upcoming legislative session, Oklahoma lawmakers could take up SB 822, the Education Freedom Act, which aims to allow parents to set up education savings accounts for their children. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters (R) is supporting the measure.[Read More…]

Best of 2022: Offering hope to Oklahoma students, families with education savings accounts

Editor’s note: In keeping with our year-end tradition, the team at reimaginED reviewed our work over the past 12 months to find stories and commentaries that represent our best content of 2022. This post from reimaginED guest blogger Jonathan Butcher is the first in our series. Oklahoma parent Kelly Shank[Read More…]

Jeb Bush: What do schools of the future look like?

Editor’s note: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush leads a discussion with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, and Kahn Academy CEO Sal Khan for an inside look at the education innovations unfolding across the country. In this video recorded as the keynote session at ExcelinEd’s recent education summit,[Read More…]

Oklahoma attorney general: Law against religious charter schools may be unconstitutional

Editor’s note: This article appeared Friday on oklahoman.com. Oklahoma’s law barring public charter schools from being run by sectarian or religious organizations could be a violation of the First Amendment, according to an opinion from Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor. O’Connor cites recent Oklahoma and U.S. Supreme Court rulings to[Read More…]

Poll shows strong support for education choice in Oklahoma

A new survey of likely Republican voters in the Sooner State revealed that 73% of those polled support the concept of school choice. Local media outlet News 9/News On 6 conducted the statewide poll of 383 Republicans, including voters who have changed their party affiliation to the GOP, asking: “Thinking[Read More…]

Oklahoma school choice scholarship benefiting students, but opposition persists

Editor’s note: This article appeared Wednesday on the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs’ website. For more than a decade now, the state’s Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarships for Students with Disabilities (LNH) program has been helping children with special needs thrive by paying for them to attend private schools that better[Read More…]

Why even Oklahoma couldn’t pass a school voucher bill

Editor’s note: This commentary from Don Parker, a former charter school board member who served three Oklahoma department of education administrations in various advisory roles, appeared in the Spring 2022 issue of Education Next. A bill to create a school-voucher program in Oklahoma failed earlier this year to win passage in the[Read More…]

There’s no reason to reject school choice in Oklahoma

Editor’s note: This commentary from Frank Keating, governor of Oklahoma from 1995-2003, and Bill Price, a former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, appeared Sunday on oklahoman.com. One of the most important legislative debates underway this year is whether Oklahoma will fund students, not systems or buildings, as[Read More…]