Hoping school administrators will spend money for those purposes without being compelled to do so may be naïve, especially given some administrators' recent comments. After a third-party vendor's servers crashed, temporarily delaying state tests for some students, Tulsa Superintendent Keith Ballard issued a statement declaring the “validity of these tests” to be “highly questionable” as a result. This is comparable to saying that the validity of the Devon Tower's design was highly questionable because a truck broke down hauling building supplies during its construction.
That administrators would engage in such blatantly misleading rhetoric to undermine education goals doesn't inspire confidence in their willingness to actually fund those same reforms. By using line-item appropriations to take the issue out of the hands of administrators, lawmakers can ensure Oklahoma children are better served.