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State would pay heavily for education funding plan (EDITORIAL)

State would pay heavily for education funding plan (EDITORIAL)

OUR VIEWS State Question 744

The Oklahoman Editorial

Published: April 11, 2010

IN seven months, Oklahomans will go to the polls to vote on a full slate of candidates ranging from governor to U.S. senator, although it can be argued the most important ballot item deals not with personalities but with priorities.

State Question 744, if approved, would require that per-pupil spending in Oklahoma’s public schools be brought to the regional average. The Oklahoma Education Association had no trouble raising the money and collecting the signatures needed to get this question on the ballot, and it attached a catchy name: HOPE (Helping Oklahoma Public Education).
We can hear the sales pitch now: Are you in favor of education? Then vote yes.

And voters should vote yes, if they’re satisfied with the generally miserable state of Oklahoma’s roads and bridges, because passage of HOPE will mean a lot less money to maintain our highways. Why? Because bringing per-pupil spending to the regional average will require an influx of about $850 million, and that money has to come from somewhere... FULL ARTICLE

 

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