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TW Editorial: OEA SQ 744 verses Arkansas reforms

TW Editorial: OEA SQ 744 verses Arkansas reforms

Tulsa World

By WAYNE GREENE Editorial Writer

Published: 2/14/2010 2:22 AM
Last Modified: 2/14/2010 4:28 AM

Last month I wrote about an initiative petition being pushed by the Oklahoma Education Association to require state funding for public schools at a rate no lower than the average funding per-child of our surrounding states.

(My thesis: More money for schools is desperately needed, but this is the wrong way to get it.)

In that column, I used OEA statistics that show Oklahoma is in last place among our cohort of states. We spend $7,615 per child. No. 1 is Arkansas at $9,591 per student.

Surprised?

I have to say I was. I figured Texas, Kansas and Colorado, in that order, would be the leaders and Arkansas would be near the bottom with us and New Mexico.

A reader who is smarter than I am e-mailed with the question my column left unanswered: What's up with Arkansas?... FULL ARTICLE

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