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OCPA column: Emergency?

Emergency?
by Jonathan Small
President of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA)

We continue to see news stories about “emergency” certifications for teachers who didn’t take the traditional certification route to get a teaching license.But are we …

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OCPA column: Distorting facts to fit a narrative

Distorting facts to fit a narrative by Jonathan Small President of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA)

In a recent interview, self-described socialist and congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tried to explain away low unemployment an…

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OCPA column: Politicized schools threaten education

Politicized schools threaten education
by Jonathan Small, president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA)

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an Illinois state worker could not be forced to pay fees to a political organization as a c…

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529s now for K-12 tooby Jonathan SmallPresident of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA)Since 2015, annual taxes and other revenue taken from Oklahomans by the state’s Republican-controlled government has increased by $1.1 billion.By contrast, …

OCPA column: Refreshing Leadership at OU

Refreshing leadershipby Jonathan Small, president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA)Nearly three months ago, I said incoming University of Oklahoma President Jim Gallogly was a terrific hire. Since then, Gallogly has focused on the core w…

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Yesterday, OCPA President Jonathan Small, along with former Governor and OCPA trustee Frank Keating, joined a discussion on News9 about higher education consolidation.Excerpts:”There’s no greater monument to the good ol’ boy system that reigned in Okla…

OCPA column: Look closer at Texas on teacher pay

Look closely at Texas on teacher payby Jonathan Small, president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA)The Fort Worth Independent School District has rented ten billboards around Norman, Oklahoma City, Stillwater, and Tulsa advertising starti…

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OCPA column: The Slippery Three

The Slippery Three
by Jonathan Small, president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA)

Since 2015, annual taxes and other revenue taken from Oklahomans have increased by $1.1 billion. Oklahomans’ personal income taxes are up at least $185 milli…

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OCPA column: More money, more problems

More money, more problems

by OCPA President Jonathan Small

It’s been busy lately, so you may not have noticed that the state of Oklahoma received $71 million from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. Of that amount, the Oklahoma attorney general received a little over $4 million. The state general fund collected a little over $13 million….

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OCPA column: Era of Oversight Needed

Era of Oversight Needed

Since 2015, annual taxes and other revenue taken from Oklahomans has increased by $1.1 billion – Oklahomans’ personal income taxes are up at least $185 million annually just since 2016.Oklahoma government is growing. Some growth …

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