Dis­tricts have cut plenty

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - OPINION -

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

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