Monday, August 3, 2020

Oklahoma lawmaker sees 'looming crisis' of double-counted students

It's no secret that Oklahoma taxpayers are paying to educate "ghost students" in numerous school districts. Now state Rep. Kyle Hilbert (R-Bristow), to his great credit, is sounding the alarm that the number of double-counted students is about to increase dramatically.

UPDATE: Fully three-quarters of Oklahoma voters are in a ghostbusting mood, according to a survey of 500 registered Oklahoma voters conducted Sept. 20-24, 2020 by CHS & Associates (margin of error: +/- 4.3%).

“As you may know, Oklahoma’s school districts currently receive their funding based on the highest number of students they have served during any of the past three school years. This means that districts with shrinking enrollment are receiving funds for students they are not serving and that those with growing populations are getting less per student than they would otherwise. Would you favor or oppose legislation that funded schools based on the number of students they are serving during that particular school year?”
  • Strongly Favor .......... 51%
  • Somewhat Favor .......... 24%
  • Somewhat Oppose .......... 7%
  • Strongly Oppose .......... 12%
  • Undecided .......... 6%

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