Category Archive for: economics

Senate committee proposes rollback of pro-life policies

A Senate committee introduced nine budget bills on Monday that would roll back several pro-life policies, allowing for domestic funding of abortions and funding of international pro-abortion groups. As part of the appropriations process for the 2022 fiscal year, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday released nine bills allocating funding to various federal agencies and…Read More

Senate Democrats Drop Hyde Amendment for First Time in Decades

Senate Democrats left out the Hyde Amendment from the annual funding bill they presented Monday, rupturing a decades-long bipartisan custom of including the amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding of abortions, in all such bills. “The bill also did not include the Weldon amendment, which bars entities that don’t want to provide abortion care from being…Read More

Oklahoma lawmakers studying worsening teacher shortage

Three former teachers now serving as Oklahoma lawmakers are studying the state’s worsening teacher shortage to see what policy measures might be of help. “The teacher pipeline is one of the critical issues we can address in the 2022 legislative session,” said Rep. John Waldron, D-Tulsa, who previously taught government at Booker T. Washington High…Read More

What if the next generation of certified teachers were already in the classrooms?

To characterize that Oklahoma still has a teacher shortage problem today is an outdated talking point. We now have a clogged pipeline perpetuated by the lack of innovation within the education sector. Our state’s elected officials have made great strides in recent years to address the root of the initial shortage by strengthening resources for…Read More

Supreme Court must return abortion debate to voters and legislatures, says Mississippi brief

The Supreme Court’s precedents on legal abortion are so tangled and misguided that abortion law should be returned to the people and their representatives in the legislatures, backers of a Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeks have said. “Finally forced to defend those cases, respondents drive home the stark reality: Roe and Casey are…Read More

Do women need abortion to succeed? Women legal scholars say no

Women need abortion to succeed, according to a recent U.S. Supreme Court brief filed by more than 500 female athletes. But not all women agree. In another brief for the same case, hundreds of professional women present a different argument: Abortion harms women. Law professors Teresa Collett and Helen Alvaré and legal scholar Erika Bachiochi…Read More

School Board Group Labels CRT Critics as Terrorists; Oklahoma Lawmakers Respond

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has urged President Biden to have opponents of Critical Race Theory (CRT) investigated and prosecuted under federal anti-terrorism laws—even though the group did not identify any significant instance of organized terrorism associated with CRT opponents who have spoken out at school board meetings across the nation. In response, Oklahoma…Read More

Oklahoma student achievement plummets amidst school shutdown

Academic achievement in Oklahoma public schools plunged during the COVID shutdowns that began in spring 2020 and continued in many districts throughout much of the following school year, based on the newly released results of state academic testing presented to the State Board of Education. Fewer than one in four Oklahoma students performed at grade…Read More

Six things you should know about the Afghan refugees and the resettlement program in Oklahoma

Patrick Raglow, executive director of Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City, learned that the youngest members of a family of Afghan refugees newly arrived to Oklahoma were trying to wash their feet, along with their face, hands and arms before prayer, as is custom in their Islamic faith. Many observant Muslims perform a purification ritual before prayer and many mosques are designed…Read More