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School sites aren't proper settings for political muster

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: May 1, 2012

When does a rally held at a public school cross the line from being pro-public schools to being anti-tax cuts? Perhaps it already has. We'll leave it for readers to decide.

Tulsa parents and professional educators held a rally April 26 at a public school to demand more money for Tulsa-area schools. Among the organized groups participating was one that questions tax cuts and funding for a private online charter school.

The rally was held on the same day lawmakers moved two income tax cut bills forward. The timing was coincidental, not sinister, but nevertheless puts things in perspective.

One faction is trying to keep the income tax rate at the current rate (knowing that a tax increase isn't likely) and another faction wants to cut the top rate, which has the potential of reducing revenues available for public schools.

Our point is that a public school opening its doors for one faction must do so as well for the other. We doubt the school establishment would enjoy having a tax cut rally in the gymnasium, but the gate has been opened for just that.

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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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