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Oklahoma voters cool to calls for more spending on education

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: November 13, 2012

That doesn't mean Oklahomans are anti-education. At the local level, citizens routinely approve bond issues. Voters also approved the lottery and casino gambling to augment school funding.

If education advocates want a larger share of state appropriations, they must acknowledge it often requires offsetting cuts in other government programs, particularly social services. So far, school funding proponents haven't made that case, preferring to instead demonize tax reductions. That's been a losing strategy.

More importantly, in their quest for greater school spending, proponents have often failed to answer fundamental questions: Exactly how will extra money be used, and how will that improve student performance?

Until advocates give a compelling response, their political successes will continue to be limited.

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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