Last year, legislators increased common education appropriations by $90 million. Just this one increase significantly exceeds the revenue provided each year to common education by the state lottery. Despite the Tracksuit Nike Men
Fortunately, there are solutions to the problem of excessive administration spending. With her Open Range program, Gov. Mary Fallin has deployed the means by which districts may start to share resources and drive down the cost of overhead.
size, this Nike Sportswear Tech Fleece Varsity Jacket increase is a mere fraction of last fiscal year's $6.37 billion of common education financial transactions put through the Oklahoma Cost Accounting System (OCAS). This is up from the $6.04 billion put through OCAS in the 2008 09 fiscal year.
The observant will note that this amount exceeds the tuition at some of the area's most popular private education institutions. Census Bureau's most recent Public Education Finances Report gives one explanation why our common education system is this expensive to the average taxpayer. This report cited the cost of Oklahoma common education's "general administration" as being the 11th most expensive in the nation when computed in relation to personal income. The NEA report also reflects this fact in that it declares Oklahoma to be 10th in the nation in the number of operating school districts. Perhaps this spending on overhead is just one reason why so many of our teacher constituents testify Nike Jacket Windbreaker
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that resources don't reach the classroom.
As stewards of Oklahoma's taxpayer dollars, many lawmakers know that we must avoid the temptation to pander and grandstand on this issue. Simply calling for more taxpayer money is the easy way out and does a great disservice to those we represent. Instead, we must work to accomplish the difficult task of looking at the facts, implementing new efficiency policies to modernize Nike Jacket Hoodie Just Do It
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Those who rally Monday should first ask their administrators what they're doing to incorporate reforms such as Open Range before demanding additional funds. Additional money without reform will tend to prop up the inefficient administration and allow them to avoid implementation of reform.
Who pays this money? According to the National Education Association's Rankings and Estimates report, each Oklahoman pays $1,596 per year in state and local funding for education. Provided a taxpayer lives to Oklahoma's life expectancy of 72, he or his family will pay approximately $114,912 to state and local governments for his education. In addition to the many other forms of taxation, he will pay part of this fee through Oklahoma sales tax, which is the fifth highest in the nation.
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