Opponents of Oklahoma education funding bill say schools should be more frugal

BY JULIE BISBEE Published: May 8, 2010
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Members of a group opposing a state question that would increase funding to education say the state’s education system needs to examine ways to be more efficient and effective with money it already receives.

Restore Oklahoma Public Education is urging Oklahomans to oppose State Question 744, which will be on the ballot in November. SQ 744 seeks to increase Oklahoma’s per-pupil spending to the regional average.

Opponents argue mandating funding for education will endanger other state services.

Jenni White, president of the group, said the state’s public education system is already flush with cash. The way to improve public instruction would be to make sure more of those dollars get to students and teachers, not administration.

"We’re for public education,” she said. "But we have to start holding people accountable. Public education is becoming like a cartel, and people are just trying to protect their piles of money.”

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Members of the grassroots group are working to educate voters about the need to reform and streamline the state’s education system, White said.

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