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Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs

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The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) is a liberty-minded educational institute and is the premier policy organization in Oklahoma. OCPA has been part of an emerging, national trend of conservative, state-based think tanks. Today, within the arena of public policy and politics, OCPA is regarded as “the flagship of the conservative movement in Oklahoma.”


Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) was founded in 1993 as a public policy research organization focused primarily on state-level issues. The founders, led by Dr. David Brown, envisioned an organization that was capable of impacting the state’s public policy similar to national level think tanks, such as the Heritage Foundation. Throughout its 16 years of existence, OCPA has conducted research and analysis of public issues in Oklahoma from a perspective of limited government, individual liberty, and a free-market economy. OCPA has promoted the conclusions from its research through an array of media that have steadily increased in breadth, scope, and ultimately, effectiveness.

Research and publications

OCPA conducts research on a wide variety of topics facing the state of Oklahoma. These include energy, education, taxes and spending, lawsuit reform, health care, and family and society.[1]

Research is disseminated through a number of publications:

  • Faxline Report - includes commentaries that can be reprinted in newspapers and other publications.
  • Policy Papers - papers on a wide range of topics
  • Perspective - OCPA's monthly journal, includes articles, information, and analysis on current issues
  • Capitol Ideas - a weekly e-newsletter

Per-pupil spending

OCPA has conducted two studies to assess how much money is spent per public-school-student in Oklahoma. A study published in 2005 about per-pupil expenditures in 2003 said that per-pupil spending was $11,250, whereas the Oklahoma State Department of Education said per-pupil spending in 2003 was $6,429.

An update in 2009 of OCPA's study shows $10,942.11 in per-pupil spending versus the approximately $6,851 the state government claimed was spent per-pupil.

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