These results also rebut the argument that Oklahomans don't support education. Citizens routinely approve local funding initiatives — when a clear need is demonstrated and a specific plan of action is outlined, covering a specific period of time. If similar specificity were provided when officials demand increased state education appropriations, they might have more success.
We were encouraged that Oklahoma City voters chose a new direction by electing Lynne Hardin as school board chairman, although we wish more had shown up at the polls. Outgoing chairman Angela Monson deserves thanks for serving in a tough job, but we were disappointed she resorted to class envy arguments in her campaign. Thankfully, Oklahoma City residents rejected those divisive tactics, just as voters have across the state in other political races.