OK lawmaker pushes for school choice savings accounts

By   /  January 28, 2015  /  Education, Legislature, News, Oklahoma, State Government  /  No Comments

Courtesy Oklahoma Legislature website

An Oklahoma lawmaker is pushing for education savings accounts that will put a portion of per-student money into a fund parents can use for private schools, tutors and even higher education.

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As gas prices drop for 16th week, state budget directors scramble

By   /  January 21, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, New Mexico, News, North Dakota, Oklahoma, State Budgets, State Government, Texas, Wyoming  /  No Comments

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Crashing prices at the pump is good news for drivers but it’s a challenge for budgets in states that rely heavily on oil and gas revenue.

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Are large OU faculty, staff salaries driving student debt?

By   /  January 15, 2015  /  Education, Oklahoma, State Budgets  /  No Comments

Courtesy OU Flicker account.

By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
University of Oklahoma accounting professor Dipankar Ghosh took home $224,400 in pay last year and the school paid him another $88,349 for additional administrative work for a total salary of $312,749, school records show.
Hong Liu, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, took home $306,000 last year as a base salary, according to […]

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Free tuition plan would cost taxpayers millions

By   /  January 12, 2015  /  Colorado, Education, Finances, News, Oklahoma, State Budgets  /  No Comments

Photo Courtesy Colorado Community College System website

Colorado’s Community College System in-state and out-of-state students pay as much as $248 million in tuition a year, and that could be the annual costs to federal and state taxpayers if President Obama’s proposal for free tuition becomes reality.

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Chinese spend thousands persuading U.S. schools to promote their language, culture

By   /  January 9, 2015  /  Minnesota, News, Oklahoma  /  No Comments

Photo Courtesy University of Oklahoma website

In 2005, Chinese officials were trying to open a Confucius Institute at the University of Oklahoma and invited Paul Bell Jr., the then-College of Arts and Sciences dean, to fly to a conference in Beijing as “one of our special guests.”

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Blowing smoke: AGs tout states’ rights except when it comes to weed

By   /  January 6, 2015  /  Colorado, Nebraska, News, Oklahoma, State Government  /  No Comments

AP file photo

In April, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued an opinion paper, saying states’ rights trump federal Clean Air Act regulations.

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