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In reform, real focus on needs on students


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Gene Perry
Oklahoma’s education debate spends a lot of time on a few familiar subjects: education funding vs. tax cuts, vouchers and charters vs. traditional public schools and high-stakes testing vs. letting teachers teach. 
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Time for middle-out economics


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Gene Perry
In 2006, Gov. Brad Henry signed a tax cut that, in some ways, mirrored the cut approved this year under Gov. Mary Fallin. The top income tax rate was ratcheted down over several years, with a final reduction depending on a revenue trigger.
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Counterpoint: Don’t pull that trigger


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Gene Perry
In the 2012 film Won’t Back Down, a single mother stands up to a villainous teachers’ union and school administrators to take over her child’s school. The film was produced by Walden Media, a company belonging to Oklahoman owner Philip Anschutz. It seeks to dramatize “parent trigger” laws being pushed across the country by organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the American Legislative Exchange Council.
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Tax credits worth saving


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Gene Perry
Are the hundreds of thousands of families in Oklahoma who make less than $50,000 a year a “special interest”?
 
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
 
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