There appears to be some movement on the effort to raise the efficiency of Oklahoma's public school districts. This past week Speaker Charles McCall pitched an idea to Rep. Kevin Calvey. According to some sources, McCall believes that our school districts have a shameful legacy of being among the least efficient in the nation. Whereas all 50 states have an average of spending 61% of the entire school district budgets on actual classroom instruction, Oklahoma's school districts only have a 55% efficiency score. That's 10% lower than the national average, when it comes to spending money properly.
On Friday we published an indication that no bills would be considered. It appeared that the only way this necessary reform would become reality is if a citizens group advanced an initiative petition. Now it appears that a statute is written and filed in special session. An alternative solution would be to create the language in a House Joint Resolution and let the voters decide. Or the language of HB105xx can be a floor amendment to a regular session bill.
According to capitol sources,Speaker McCall believes that if Oklahoma school administrators can attain the very reasonable regional average of 65% of the school money getting to the teachers and other classroom needs, the teachers could have far more money in raises and classroom resources than the recent massive tax increases can ever get them.
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