Just by increasing our average class size, statewide, Oklahoma could save over $92 million dollars while giving an average $10k pay raise to all certified classroom teachers. And this doesn't even take into account the massive cost-of-living factor which California teachers face.
Yes, Oklahoma can give a 24% pay raise to teachers and still cut the budget to common education. But the factor of consolidation of district administration can bring in a flood of new education money back into the classroom. Not one school campus will necessarily be impacted, but rural schools can consolidate services with other nearby rural schools, resulting in more education opportunities to the students. Many rural districts just can't justify some important learning resources because they serve too few students to justify the investment. Some extra curricular opportunities are now missing because there are not enough students to launch the effort.
515 School Districts
1795 School Sites
$44,549 average teacher pay
$2728 pay per student
($92,125,110 more, statewide, per student than California)
9,846 School Sites
$55,180 mean teacher pay 24% more than Oklahoma (San Diego)
$2595 pay per student
Opinion of the Editor
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...