Districts have cut plenty
The argument has been made that the answer to Oklahoma’s education problems is not increased taxes but rather using more cost-saving measures. I would answer that districts have. In my district, we first cut elementary sports and other after-school programs. Then funds for library books were cut. Then textbook funds were cut. Next came classes such as second- and third-level language classes. We started doing our own custodial care. After losing teacher after teacher, more extra-curricular classes that might appeal to those students who didn’t like school or classes for those students who needed more enrichment were cut. Many other measures were taken but the red line was crossed when the need for emergency certification for teachers rose dramatically in the last year.
Public education was in trouble. Since 2008 there has been a 26 percent loss in funds directed to the children of Oklahoma. Cost-cutting measures have been taken with a definite toll to our students.
Sandra Austin, Midwest City