School Choice In Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CAPITOL- The state’s program to improve kid welfare services will be presented in April as element of the Oklahoma Department of Human Solutions (OKDHS) Lecture Series. House legislative leaders also expressed their need to create a long-term resolution to teacher compensation in Oklahoma by hunting at reallocating the billions of dollars the state now spends on public schools. In spite of the false rhetoric of political education groups lately claiming Oklahoma schools faced higher cuts than other states, revenue for Oklahoma’s pre-K via 12th grade schools was higher than ever for the 2013-14 school year, practically $five.5 billion dollars. The Oklahoma Federation for Children is chaired by Bob Sullivan of Tulsa and Russell Perry of Oklahoma City.

Examining expenditures and reprioritizing how the taxpayers’ dollars are spent by school districts could be the quickest way to boost classroom teacher salaries in Oklahoma. Home education leaders stated they think there is a way to locate options to the teacher shortage and increase compensation for Oklahoma classroom teachers, but it will demand new approaches and a willingness by the education lobbying groups, like OSSBA, to operate with lawmakers as an alternative of continuing their partisan attacks. I’ve often believed that economic savings could be found within current education applications.

Only in the previous week did legislators find out of the state superintendent’s program to invest $1.five million on a new plan to spend for all 11th grade students to take the ACT test. I and a lot of members of the Residence of Representatives have expressed many times that the 1st priority should be the completion of new academic standards for our schools and submission of those new requirements to the Legislature as soon as possible. The new requirements ought to be adopted just before the State Division of Education establishes a new program on student testing.

Adoption of our new academic requirements ought to be the beginning point to the discussion and future choices on state testing, not the other way around. Last session, the Residence created Property Bill 2088 which would have lowered state-mandated tests and protected the requirements improvement procedure by ensuring adoption of certain standards ahead of producing any additional testing decisions.

This new state system announced these days takes an additional instruction day for testing and adds another test, which is contrary to the direction we hoped to take with Property Bill 2088. But how she proposes to spend this added income signals a shift in her priorities and a lack of appreciation for the looming revenue challenges the state is most likely going to face next year.