- Milburn is spending $8,094 per pupil. How does that compare to the per-pupil spending in the private schools in southeastern Oklahoma? (My guess is it's roughly double.)
- What kind of return are taxpayers getting on this surprisingly large investment? (It appears that student performance in Milburn is below the state average -- and this in a state that's one of the lowest-performing in the nation.)
- What's the average teacher compensation in the Milburn public schools? How does this compare to the market-determined teacher compensation in the private sector? (My guess is it's nearly double.) Given the student-achievement levels in the district, are these salaries deserved?
- Milburn's school superintendent oversees 210 students and earns a base salary of $66,580. How does this compare to the market-determined salaries of comparable administrators in the private sector? And given the student-achievement levels in the district, is this salary deserved?
Friday, March 26, 2010
Taxpayers deserve to know
KTEN reports that the Milburn school district in southeastern Oklahoma is experiencing its worst-ever budget cuts. If the reporter is interested in doing a follow-up story, giving viewers a more complete picture, here are some suggested questions: