This clearly demonstrates that the public schools have come to expect the state capitol to fix things instead of their own communities. If the local funding simply matched the state, as it clearly does in the national average, then teachers would see thousands more in pay and other education provisions. Just bringing local funding to a parity with state funding will mean an average $6000 additional dollars in each classroom
But the real key to massive new classroom funding would come from adopting the San Diego model. They pay their teachers $10,000 nore per year than Oklahoma averages, but actually spend less per student, because they average 21.5 students per classroom. Oklahoma only has 16.3 students per class, as an average. In context, the baby boomer generation typically had 30 students per classroom.
To be clear, this is just average numbers. Some school districts are far more dependent on state funding, but other districts pay far more of their own local money. Pryor Public Schools does not receive any state funding, because their local property tax receipts already push their funding beyond the cut off point where the state fully phases out all support.
Oklahoman's have bought the false notion that looking to the state legislature means that they will get money which came from other's instead of their own neighbors. But that's just an illusion.
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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...