Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Oklahoma voters want ‘accountability’ in public education

A new poll commissioned by Oklahoma’s largest teachers union shows respondents "pouncing on 'accountability' as the most important value when 'thinking about the issue of public education here in Oklahoma,'" my colleague Trent England points out
This is unsurprising given the financial scandals and other accusations in the news over the past few years.
Every dollar stolen here was “education funding.” And there are many more mundane stories of school districts wasting resources by grandstanding against Trump Administration policies, building a million-dollar press box, and renaming schools against the will of school staff and families. Oklahoma taxpayers might also be nervous when they hear about districts avoiding open government laws.
Every scandal or instance of waste is a reminder that simply planting a flag that says “education” in a pile of money tells us nothing about whether that money is actually used to help kids learn.

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