Even if vouchers were provided to every Oklahoma student and charter schools expanded to every county, state taxes would still fund them all
. The alternative school system of Trout's imagination would require taxpayer funding just like the current system. Barresi has also requested a budget increase of $289 million for K-12 schools next year, further undermining Trout's oddball analysis.
Instead of concocting alternative-reality theories to explain away deficiencies, school officials must rise to the challenge and ensure all Oklahoma children get a quality education. Oklahoma schools should develop students' critical thinking skills, not foment “paranoid style” delusions.