Discussion needed in Oklahoma education about right combination of reforms and proper investment level

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Modified: April 24, 2013 at 7:43 am •  Published: April 24, 2013
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Some discussion has taken place about whether the state’s school funding formula needs tweaking. But without an informed discussion, any changes would amount to little more than lip service toward addressing an issue without a solid solution.

State Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City, is no stranger to challenging the status quo in public education. And whether one agrees with his politics, Nelson is pushing for an answer to the “how much?” question beyond platitudes. Here’s hoping others will jump on that bandwagon.

The quick answer to calls for more money for education is that more money is no guarantee. That’s absolutely true. The state already spends more than $2 billion on common education, and few would say they are satisfied with the resulting student achievement.

Oklahoma is overdue for a real discussion about the right combination of reforms and the appropriate investment to give students and teachers affected by the reforms the best chance at success. Putting off the discussion only guarantees that the politics of education will continue to dominate a discussion that needs a serious dose of reality.

Oklahoma is overdue for a real discussion about the right combination of reforms and the appropriate investment to give students and teachers affected by the reforms the best chance at success.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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