Politicians giving only lip service to education improvement

Published: June 17, 2012

Remember House Bill 1017? It was passed under Republican Gov. Henry Bellmon and sustained by a majority of the voters in the early 1990s.

It was designed to improve student performance, compensation to and training of teachers, accountability and funding. It set the base teacher's pay at $20,460. More than 20 years later, beginning teacher's pay isn't much more. Right after HB 1017 passed Oklahoma jumped to 40th in support of education; now it's back to 49th or 50th.

As long as we have politicians willing to give only lip service to support for education, we'll have a second-rate system only as good as the teachers and administrators can make it despite the increasingly limited resources and increased regulations under which they must operate. Let's really put education first from now on.

Tom Quaid, Oklahoma City

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