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Slicing tresses

by J.E. McReynolds Published: August 1, 2013

We’re accustomed to the cheesy whines on education funding, reform, etc. from Tulsa-area school administrators and their boosters. The latest example really sliced the tresses. In other words, it split hairs to an absurd degree.

Commenting on the state Education Department’s settlement with a testing vendor, Broken Arrow Assistant Superintendent Janet Dunlop took umbrage at the agency’s definition of “affected students.”

The cash portion of the settlement amounted to more than $41 per “affected student” as defined by the department to mean those who had to be retested because the vendor’s computer servers crashed. Dunlop said “affected” should include those who endured “significant wait times” or those who were logged off and had to wait “up to an hour” to log back on.

We suspect that many of these affectees thought the wait was a piece of cake compared with what they’ve endured trying to get their first driver’s license from another state agency.

Administrators are often at odds with the Education Department and wanted some ready cash out of the settlement. What they got instead is another excuse to gripe.


by J.E. McReynolds
Opinion Editor
J.E. McReynolds is Opinion editor at The Oklahoman and has worked for the newspaper’s Opinion section since 1995. He joined The Oklahoman as business editor in 1985 and was previously managing editor of The Journal Record. A native Oklahoman,...
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