Education in Oklahoma is polarized. There's plenty of blame to go around, and it's agonizing to think how much worse it could get before next year's general election comes to a close. No one is satisfied with the overall academic performance of Oklahoma's students. We'd be hard-pressed to give a passing grade in the area of cooperation to any of the adult parties involved.
The unprecedented pace of reforms hitting schools, along with tight budgets, make it a tough time to be in education, whether you're a policymaker, teacher, student or parent. But if Oklahoma's education system is to ever reach its full potential, widespread cooperation is essential.
By all means, the state should seek significant compensation from a company that clearly didn't live up to its end of a hefty contract. It's the responsible thing to do on behalf of taxpayers. It would be a bonus if such an agreement would likewise send a message to students and educators that their frustrations aren't forgotten.