OCPA adjunct scholar Andrew Spiropoulos has long made the point that Oklahoma's state government is dysfunctional ("nothing gets done and nobody is responsible"). He revisited the topic yesterday in The Journal Record. "We tie down our executive officials with a dizzying array of boards and commissions that act like leeches on our public circulatory system," he writes, "because we are unwilling to trust either the individuals the people have chosen to do their jobs well or the people to throw these officials out if they have performed poorly."
Exhibit A is the state Board of Education, which yesterday took no action against the Tulsa-area school boards which are openly flouting state law. If you're not going to enforce the law, what's your function? Nothing gets done and nobody is responsible.
One reason New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is so effective (aside from the fact that he's an out-and-out stud) is that in New Jersey, the chief executive actually has, like, power and stuff. It's time for Oklahoma's executive branch to start executing. In February the state Legislature and Gov. Mary Fallin should strip the state Board of Education of its managerial powers and let our elected officials get about the business of doing their jobs.