Dan Keating

July 10, 2014

In late June, a case was filed with the Oklahoma Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of House Bill 3399. House Bill 3399 revoked the Oklahoma Academic Standards (OAS) commonly referred to as Common Core.  The legislature also directed the State […]

July 3, 2014

I was joking several months ago with a member of the State Board of Education.  It seemed that every time  we got together President Obama  was experiencing another disaster. One month it was trying to understand the response times at […]

June 19, 2014

The New York Times ran a lead editorial last Sunday entitled, “Starting Out Behind.”  The gist of the story is those young people – ages 18 to 24 – should have missed the 2008 recession and been on their way […]

June 12, 2014

Oh, my, my our “business gettingest” mayor has got himself into another fiscal flap.  This time it’s with the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police over money the city owes the officers. Instead of honoring the police contract, which was upheld […]

June 5, 2014

Several  weeks ago I met with a Tulsa Public School assistant principal.  The principal told a story about a high school boy who had missed 60 days of school.  TPS contacted the parents (who both worked) to find out about […]

May 29, 2014

As Representative Katie Henke, author of Oklahoma’s landmark social promotion legislation HB 2625, approached the State Capitol building a large piece of concrete fell from the roof nearly hitting a bystander. “What luck,” the house member thought.  It’s a real […]

May 22, 2014

Well, the reading grades are back. In Tulsa, 3,241 third-graders were tested and 32.7 percent failed the test.  If you combine that score with the next higher category called “limited knowledge” the total would rise to 50 percent. Where did […]

May 8, 2014

Sometimes the federal government gets it right.  A case in point would be the early 1980s involving the Oklahoma County Commissioner scandal (OKSCAM). At that time agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation began investing what they believed was a […]

May 1, 2014

The Sunday edition of the New York Times ran Peter Baker’s article entitled “In  Cold War Echo, Obama Strategy writes off Putin.” Once upon a time President Obama believed in fairy tales where he had more in common with the […]

April 24, 2014

The Tulsa World reported that across the city the wail could be heard.  Gail Kamphaus-Crouch reported she couldn’t get her third grader to settle down before bed. The child’s lament: “Mommy, I don’t want to take the test.  What if […]