Thursday, August 21, 2014

Midwest City and Tulsa: Pizza in the park!

The Oklahoma chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org is hosting two family "schools of choice" picnics next month. According to event organizers:

Meet other families that learn online and attend area charter schools. Come to hear about the latest school choice news while your family enjoys "pizza at the park"! Join us on Thursday, September 25 (Midwest City) and Friday, September 26 (Tulsa) for our annual events. The cost is free but please RSVP at http://publicschooloptions.org/oklahomarsvp.

Pizza at each of the events is complimentary and will be provided by PublicSchoolOptions.org for students, parents, and teachers. Families are encouraged to bring their own appropriate drink. For more information, please contact Colleen@PublicSchoolOptions.org.
The Oklahoma chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org is an alliance of parents that supports and defends parents' rights to access the best public school options for their children. The coalition supports the creation of public school options, including charter schools, online schools, magnet schools, tuition scholarship programs, open enrollment policies, and other innovative education programs. Additionally, we advocate for free and equal access without restrictions to these public schools for all children.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

One in four families has utilized school choice

"The practice of school choice has now spread to such an extent that more than one-fourth of all American families have a school-age child who has been educated elsewhere than in a traditional public school," write Michael B. Henderson, Paul E. Peterson, and Martin R. West, reporting on the results of the 2014 Education Next/Harvard PEPG poll.

Many American families are ignoring the bright lines routinely drawn between traditional public schools on the one hand and charter schools, private schools, and home schooling on the other. We asked respondents who live with children aged 6 to 17 to report whether those children have ever attended a traditional public school, a charter school, or a private school, as well as whether they have been home schooled. No fewer than 26% percent of respondents living with school-age children have used an alternative to traditional public schools at some point in those children’s education. ...

Teachers make just as much use of these alternatives as the public at large. About 28% of teachers living with school-age children have used or currently use private schools, charter schools, or home schooling alongside or in lieu of traditional public schools. The most heavily used alternative for teachers is private school (19%), but 8% and 7% use charter schools and home schooling, respectively. School choice is no longer an abstract concept. It is part and parcel of the American educational fabric, directly affecting 26% of all Americans living with school-age children.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Oklahoma online students log in next week to start school year

School resumes next week at Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy, a public online school. Read more here.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Teacher union boss says, hey, I work year-round!

... As opposed to the 39 weeks a year that teachers work.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

'Keep choice at the center of the education debate'

Great advice from AFP state director John Tidwell. I encourage you to read his Tulsa World column here.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Why we shouldn’t raise teacher pay

"Even without the tenure obstacle, putting the best teachers in the classroom requires more than raising teacher pay," Jason Richwine writes. "In fact, just that could drive down teacher quality."

Friday, July 25, 2014

Should public money go to private schools?

Law professor Andrew Spiropoulos and I tackle that question today in a blog post for the Friedman Foundation.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

OEA active members down 18.5 percent in last four years

This according to the indispensable Mike Antonucci, who has the latest membership numbers here. He reports that, as of the end of the 2012-13 school year, the Oklahoma Education Association had 19,551 active members (employed teachers, professionals, and education support workers).

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'Private schools avoiding Common Core debates'

FOX 23 in Tulsa has the story.