Let's call on the governor and Legislature for leadership in solving this crisis. We should extend the school day to 5 p.m. and the school year. We will have to pay our teachers more and hire more of them, but it will be cheaper than hiring prison guards later. Many jobs in Oklahoma can't be filled because there are no qualified applicants. If we want to improve the economy, let's stop trying to bribe companies to come to Oklahoma where they can't find qualified employees and spend the money to provide a KIPP education to qualify our citizens.
Brock, of Tulsa, is a retired oil and gas operator and a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.