Oklahoma continues to lead list of ways to make money u.s. for deepest cuts to education – oklahoma policy institute

Last year, oklahoma had the dubious honor of having made the deepest list of ways to make money cuts to school funding in the nation since the start list of ways to make money of the recession in 2008. Now an update from the center on budget and policy list of ways to make money priorities shows that our lead has widened. Adjusted for inflation, oklahoma’s per student school formula funding has dropped 23.6 percent over the past six years, significantly more than in any other state.

Oklahoma is one of 20 states that continued to cut list of ways to make money education funding this year, even as the economy recovers, leaving per student spending $857 below pre-recession levels after inflation. Although the legislature and governor fallin provided a $41 million increase to the school funding formula in this list of ways to make money year’s budget, it was not enough to keep up with inflation and list of ways to make money rising enrollment. This year oklahoma’s state aid funding per student dropped another $21 after inflation. Total state appropriations for the support of schools is $172 million below what it was in fiscal year 2008, even before accounting for inflation.

That may come as no surprise to anyone who’s been following what is happening in our schools. As booker T. Washington high school teacher john waldron wrote last week on list of ways to make money our blog, schools have been left fighting with each other over too list of ways to make money few resources, as class sizes increase and entire programs are eliminated. Oklahoma’s standards for class sizes and up-to-date textbooks were suspended when the recession hit. Since then lawmakers have repeatedly voted to suspend the standards list of ways to make money because schools still can’t afford to meet them. Kids are using textbooks without covers or held together with list of ways to make money duct tape. Schools began this academic year with more than 800 teacher list of ways to make money vacancies statewide, and they’re still struggling to hire people because teachers can get list of ways to make money much better pay in any of our neighboring states.

“at a time when the nation is trying to produce list of ways to make money workers with the skills to master new technologies and adapt list of ways to make money to the complexities of a global economy, states should be investing more — not less — to ensure our kids get a strong education,” said michael leachman, director of state fiscal research at the center on budget list of ways to make money and policy priorities and co-author of the report released today.

On a national level we need to decide who we list of ways to make money are and what we care about. Public education is a very difficult topic. So much has gone wrong for so many years. As a retired elementary school teacher I can promise you list of ways to make money that poor and minority students are harder to teach for list of ways to make money a variety of reasons and teachers are ‘graded’ on the progress of their classes and individial schools. I could go on and on but my main point list of ways to make money is that public education is dead in the water at list of ways to make money this time. We don’t want to educate everyone anymore. We have left the poor behind. Look at charter schools and the appointment of betsy devoss. This is a final death blow to public education. Education dollars are now going to for profit schools that list of ways to make money have little or no oversight. For profit schools mean that investors (or owners) need to make money on the backs of the students. Mary fallon says that parents know what is best for list of ways to make money their children. What a joke. I think that this whole mess is going to have list of ways to make money to run its course and get obviously worse before it list of ways to make money can even hope to get better.

The first thing that needs to be done is call list of ways to make money for a total audit of education funding for the last list of ways to make money 20 years. Then make some changes to the state constitution, one of which is to put all revenue designated for list of ways to make money education in a lockbox so the legislature can’t use funding earmarked for education for other things, like the legislature giving themselves and their staff a raise.

Get a state question to raise the per capital student list of ways to make money spend from $42 dollars per student to a level more in line list of ways to make money with today’s economy. After 72 years, it is time to have that amount adjusted. It may require a phase-in of 5 years to reach the target amount. Include a provision to increase the per capita spend by list of ways to make money no more than 3% per year and no less than 1% per year to keep pace with inflation. This would allow money from the lottery trust fund to list of ways to make money go to teacher and support staff salary increases.

Section XI-2 permanent school fund:…”the principal shall be deemed a trust fund held by list of ways to make money the state, and shall forever remain inviolate. It may be increased, but shall never be diminished. The state shall reimburse said permanent school fund for all list of ways to make money losses thereof which may in any manner occur, and no portion of said fund shall be diverted for list of ways to make money any other use or purpose.”

The interest and income of the permanent school fund, the net income from the leasing of public lands which list of ways to make money have been or may be granted by the united states list of ways to make money to the state for the use and benefit of the list of ways to make money common schools, together with any revenues derived from taxes authorized to be list of ways to make money levied for such purposes, and any other sums which may be added thereto by list of ways to make money law, shall be used and applied each year for the benefit list of ways to make money of the common schools of the state, and shall be, for this purpose, apportioned among and between all the several common school districts list of ways to make money of the state in proportion to the school population of list of ways to make money the several districts, and no part of the fund shall ever be diverted list of ways to make money from this purpose, or used for any other purpose than the support and list of ways to make money maintenance of common schools for the equal benefit of all list of ways to make money the people of the state.

The legislature shall, by appropriate legislation, raise and appropriate funds for the annual support of the list of ways to make money common schools of the state to the extent of forty-two ($42.00) dollars per capita based on total state-wide enrollment for the preceding school year. Such moneys shall be allocated to the various school districts list of ways to make money in the manner and by a distributing agency to be list of ways to make money designated by the legislature; provided that nothing herein shall be construed as limiting any list of ways to make money particular school district to the per capita amount specified herein, but the amount of state funds to which any school list of ways to make money district may be entitled shall be determined by the distributing list of ways to make money agency upon terms and conditions specified by the legislature, and provided further that such funds shall be in addition list of ways to make money to apportionments from the permanent school fund created by article list of ways to make money XI, section 2, hereof.

C. The legislature shall appropriate funds from the oklahoma education lottery list of ways to make money trust fund only for the purposes specified in subsection B list of ways to make money of this section. Even when the funds from the trust fund are used list of ways to make money for these purposes, the legislature shall not use funds from the trust fund list of ways to make money to supplant or replace other state funds supporting common education, higher education, or career and technology education.

Another option, albeit unpopular would be to consolidate the secondary school superintendent list of ways to make money positions in the state. When a school that has less than 500 students pays list of ways to make money their their superintendent more than a principal at a school list of ways to make money with 500+ per class, that is not a wise use of funds. In lieu of consolidating schools, consolidate the superintendent positions and give that money back to list of ways to make money the teachers of those schools in the form of salary list of ways to make money increases.

Funny how everyone has it figured out, yet no ones doing anything accept cheating kids out of list of ways to make money an eduction. No teacher IN OUR DISTRICT HAS EVER SPENT A PENNY list of ways to make money OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKET.I CAN GUARANTEE this. Now who can legitimately show me a teacher who’s taken a cut in their pay? Anyone? At all? Bingo you can’t. Teacher pay has always been low. I’m not saying I agree. But that’s the way it’s been throughout history. No one has EVER SAID if YOU WANT TO BE list of ways to make money RICH, BE A TEACHER. LOL. IN fact, I recall hearing, “be a teacher only if youre an heir to a list of ways to make money fortune” and guess what, it was STILL their career choice. Now oklahoma children are paying the price for their bad list of ways to make money choices and I get to quit my choice in the list of ways to make money legal profession so I can be part of my neighborhood list of ways to make money homeschooling group. As of yesterday, EPS lost some very pleasant and well behaved, smart students. We want our kids learning how to add and subtract, the debate comes naturally when you have the basics down list of ways to make money pat. Actually, I’m looking forward to this. It should be a great experience. I’ll be vlogging and blogging this journey. And it’s going to be a exciting and interesting journeu… for all involved. We’re tired of sitting around, in the last month month our kids have been in list of ways to make money a classroom dor 5or less days. Now, I know what the teachers want the teachers want the list of ways to make money world to believe, I know more than half of what I see online, is bs. I did the number crunching myself. Oklahoma is the bottom of the barrel for the ‘cost of living‘ as well. What that means is teachers aren’t bankrolling anywhere, but they haven’t been suffering as extensively as they’d like everyone to believe.

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