"There's a tradition in education," former New York City school chancellor Frank Macchiarola once observed, "that if you spend a dollar and it doesn't work, you should spend two dollars; and not only that, you should give those two dollars to the same person who couldn't do the job with only one."
As the chart below demonstrates, that tradition is alive and well in Oklahoma. Since HB 1017 was signed into law two decades ago, spending has risen dramatically while performance has remained essentially flat. If someone wants to explain to me exactly how more money is going to help, I would be fascinated to hear them out. In the meantime, I would suggest we try something else. Because what we're doing now isn't working.
The problem is: Mr. Dutcher's graph looks exactly the way the people that run our school wants it to look. Our first reform should be to outlaw the unionization of government employees. The second, get government out of education.
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