A seemingly good college prep charter here in Oklahoma City has encountered publicity that it didn’t plan on, and perhaps wants badly to just go away. Continue reading Deeper Issues than Dancing Dead Cats
If competition would improve public education, would it also improve police services?
Certainly with issues of public policing continuing to rise throughout the U.S. from Ferguson, Missouri to Baltimore, Maryland, the question about how to improve policing is rising along with concerns.
But we have not heard much of anything about creating private competition for publicly-funded police departments as a way of improving them.
If, as school choice advocates maintain, competition is good and transformative for public services like education, why not for the police?
Continue reading If competition is good for education, how about the police?
The concluding two sentences in Ben Felder’s new book Our City, Our Kids is an unmistakable commitment to public schools in Oklahoma City:
Any Failure in the Oklahoma City Public School district is our failure as a community and city. These are our schools, and these are our kids.
A prolific journalist covering everything in the core of Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Gazette reporter has used his extensive knowledge of Oklahoma City Public Schools to fashion a very efficient 50 page book that succeeds as a quick source of information and a call to action for residents of the central part of the Oklahoma City metro.
The key question that he addresses is this: What should residents of the central part of Oklahoma City know, think, and do about their school district whether they have children or not? Continue reading Book Review: Our City, Our Kids — by Ben Felder
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Atlanta test cheating scandal fresh on their minds, Oklahoma teachers have had a higher-than-usual level of anxiety over a security flub by a test vendor. Continue reading Latest Test Security Issue Creates Anxiety for Teachers
There are Republican politicians in Oklahoma. And then, there is that Republican politician. You know — that Joy Hofmeister.
She’s the Republican who primaried and beat Janet Barresi, incumbent Republican sweetheart of the public school bashing bandwagon. Continue reading Are Okla GOP Politicians Still For a Strong Supt?
“School Choice” is more about the deep fear of “those people” than proponents will admit. Continue reading School Choice and the Fear of “Those People”
We might think that we are fighting particular bills in the legislature. Instead what we’re really fighting is an overarching, well-organized, deeply funded agenda. Continue reading We’re Fighting an Agenda, Not Just Bills in the Legislature
*Updated 3-20-15: There are many parents, teachers, administrators and board members who are fighting a very tough fight in Oklahoma and other states right now against a very corrupt idea misnamed “school choice”. Continue reading An Index of My School Choice Posts So Far
Are quality teachers found or developed? This is not just a rhetorical exercise. The answer has everything to do with how we go about the whole management of our teacher workforce. Continue reading Quality Teachers Are Developed — Not Found
Joy Hofmeister, new Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction, understands the meaning and value of space. Continue reading New Oklahoma Supt Understands Importance of Space