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House Passes Unfunded Education Mandate

The Oklahoma State House passed HB 1114 on Tuesday by a vote of 92-7. The measure, authored by Rep. Michael Rogers (R-Broken Arrow) and now co-authored by 56 other representatives, would give teachers a $6,000 pay raise phased in over three years.Probl…

Sen. Sharp Calls Education Choice A Nazi Torture Tactic

“I have told other senators I call this bill the ‘Dr. Josef Mengele bill’ because it is intended to kill public education,”   Invoking holocaust inhumanities, Senator Ron Sharp attacked an education reform measure which would allow families more options in common education. (SB560)  Jay Chilton of OCPA’s Investigational journalism project reports on the incident which happened at the Senate Educati […]

Just this January, it was reported that figures crunched at the end of Mr. Obama’s turn as POTUS determined that one of his pet project, SIG – School Improvement Grants – with their heavy emphasis on School Turnaround, was a dismal failure after an influx of taxpayer funds to the tune of 7 BILLION dollars. Wait for it….


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Homeschooling Parents CAN - And Should - Run For Public Education Offices

In an almost unprecedented move in American today, Governor Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, nominated a businessman who homeschooled his children, for New Hampshire Education Commissioner. In an unbelievable, though partisan victory, Frank Edelblut was confirmed to the position by the New Hampshire Executive Council today.
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We Have A New Education Secretary

For those of you who might have been living in a cave for the months since November, the Senate has confirmed controversial Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos.

So concerned were we here at ROPE – along with THOUSANDS of grassroots mom and dad education activists who have been fighting Common Core across the nation – that we wrote a letter to the President in November. You can read it here to follow our concerns.Read more »

Can Pot Save Education? No, But It Can Save Lives.

  So how will the campaign be framed, to legalize at least the pharmaceutical use of marijuana? It’s obviously far far safer than pharmaceutical opiates like morphine. It clearly has numerous byproducts which have proven to be beneficial to many suffering people. Many of the biproducts have absolutely no intoxicating or addicting properties.​  To this journalist, it’s not even a controversy. When my dad was in his […]

The Disease of Educational Statism: Betsy DeVos isn’t a cure - by all appearances, she’s a symptom

The definition of “statism” according to Merriam-Webster is

Concentration of economic controls and planning in the hands of a highly centralized government often extending to government ownership of industry

Applying this definition to the state of education in America today is easily accomplished by changing a few words:

Concentration of education funding, control and planning in the hands of a highly centralized government, or moneyed individuals, often extending to government ownership of public education

I couldn’t help thinking about this concept as I read the recent (1/6/17) op-ed by Governor – and former Republican Presidential Nominee – Mitt Romney…

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A-F Grading - Exchanging One Educational Overreach for Another

Moving into 2017 it looks as though our Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) will not attempt to find the “pro-local-control” the Education and Workforce Committee promised of the new ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act – the replacement for No Child Left Behind – in itself a replacement for the reauthorizations of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act by every preceding president).
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