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Road plans offers model for education success (OPINION)

Road plans offers model for education success (OPINION)

The Edmond Sun
By Jonathan Small, President OCPA
July 10, 2019

I was intrigued when an attendee at a recent legislative town hall suggested Oklahoma should have an eight-year funding plan for education modeled after the state’s transportation funding plan.

I say go for it. The principles that guide the road plan—funding increases tied to measurable results with consequences for failure—can achieve the same results for education that they did for Oklahoma’s transportation system.

With the road plan, the bargain is simple: If taxpayers give transportation officials more money, they get measurable improvement in road-and-bridge conditions in return. The plan is specific and progress easily monitored.

Under a transportation-style plan, more education funding would be tied to improved academic outcomes. For too long, policymakers have acted as though spending, in and of itself, is an achievement, even if outcomes remain the same or decline... FULL ARTICLE

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