Author(s): Paul DiPerna
The “Oklahoma K-12 & School Choice Survey” project, commissioned by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and conducted by Braun Research, Inc. (BRI), measures Oklahoma registered voters’ familiarity and views on a range of K-12 education topics and school choice reforms. We report response levels and differences of voter opinion, as well as the intensity of those responses.
Where do Oklahomans stand on important issues and policy proposals in K-12 education? We attempt to provide some brief observations and insights in this paper.
A randomly selected and statistically representative sample of Oklahoma voters responded to 22 substantive questions and eight demographic questions. A total of 606 telephone interviews were conducted in English from December 5 to 16, 2013, by means of both landline and cell phone. Statistical results have been weighted to correct for known demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error for the statewide sample is ± 4.0 percentage points.
In this project we also included one split-sample experiment. A split-sample design is a systematic way of comparing the effects of two or more alternative wordings for a given question. The purpose of this experiment was to see if providing a new piece of information about education spending can significantly influence opinion on the topic — a salient issue in Oklahoma’s state politics and representing an undercurrent in education policy discussions.
Our polling paper has four sections. The first section summarizes key findings. We call the second section “Survey Snapshots,” which offers charts highlighting the core findings of the project. The third section describes the survey’s methodology, summarizes response statistics, and presents additional technical information on call dispositions for landline and cell phone interviews. The fourth section displays the survey questions and results (“topline numbers”), allowing the reader to follow the interview as it was conducted, with respect to question wording and ordering.
Enacted 2010 • Launched 2010
Any Oklahoma student with special needs currently in public school is eligible to receive a voucher to
attend private school.
Enacted 2011 • Launched 2013
Oklahoma provides tax credits for donations to Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs), nonprofits
that must spend a portion of their expenditures on private school scholarships for low-income students
in an amount equal to or greater than the percentage of low-income students in the state. The allowable
tax credit is 50 percent of the amount of contributions made during a taxable year, up to $1,000 for
single individuals, $2,000 for married couples, and $100,000 for corporations. The program is capped
at $5 million, of which $3.5 million is dedicated to private school scholarships with a separate $1.5
million in tax credits available for donations made to organizations that distribute “educational
improvement grants” to public schools. Each donor category (individual and corporate) may use up
to $1.75 million of the $3.5 million cap. If donations exceed the statewide cap in a given year, the
Oklahoma Tax Commission will allocate the tax credits to individuals (or corporations) on a pro-rata
basis. If individual donations fail to meet the $1.75 million cap while corporate donations exceed the
cap, the unused individual credits can be allocated to corporations (and to a separate tax credit for
public school improvement grants), and vice versa.