In spite of these and other efforts, much remains to be done. The state appropriated more money three years ago for common education than was appropriated this year, yet the district has 3,000 more children today. Public/private partnerships are limited only by time, money and imagination. Why shouldn't each child have a mentor who encourages him once a week? Why shouldn't there be a privately funded endowment to pay signing bonuses to outstanding teachers?
Why shouldn't more private entities present enrichment programs in our schools? And why shouldn't every retiree say, “OK, now I can tutor at least one child”?
If not now, when? If not us, who?
Horning is vice chairman of the Oklahoma City School Board. Those interested in volunteer opportunities with Oklahoma City Public Schools can call 405-587-0234.