Senator John Sparks, who has taken several steps to help public education in its time of need, filed a request to find out how school vouchers (also called education savings accounts) would affect school districts.
John Sparks has always been a champion of public schools and teachers and students. He’s authored a bill to reinstate the National Board program, with full scholarships and full stipends for all NBCTs…with payments being retroactive for NBCTs who are only getting the salary bump. He’s my hero, said Claudia Swisher, retired education from Norman.
I appreciate all he’s done, and his concern and willingness to investigate public education’s dire situation.
Whatever group or committee does the research though just needs to read a few state newspapers to find out how losing money is affecting our schools.
Senator Sparks Seeks Impact of Vouchers on School Budgets
Senate Democratic leader John Sparks wants to know what kind of fiscal impact school vouchers, or education savings accounts, would have on Oklahoma schools. So, he filed a formal request for that information on Monday.
Take a look at the stories below from newspapers and social media across Oklahoma:
Senate Bill 609 Fiscal Impact Statement
The Tulsa World also published a report prepared by the Oklahoma State Department of Education showing how vouchers would impact school districts if they become reality in Oklahoma.
Amid budget cuts, schools consider short week
Barry Nault, superintendent of Aline-Cleo Schools, said his district has discussed cutting days, but it’s not a good option.
School District Superintendents to Teachers: Prepare For More Budget Cuts
Dr. Kevin Wood of Bixby Public Schools told his staff that things were bad. The district lost about $200,000 during the first revenue failure in January, and is preparing to lose another $400,000 to $500,000 during the second revenue failure this month.
Area schools cutting staff, services after round of cuts
Mid-Del Superintendent Rick Cobb posted to his district’s Facebook page saying the school has lost $3.5 million and will have to cut staff and services.
DEER CREEK PARENTS
To date there have been two cuts totalling $594,119. We expect a third round of cuts in mid April of another 2%. The final cuts to Deer Creek are anticipated to be $650,000+ Current cuts are the equivalent of 10+ masters level teachers with 10 years experience.
Muldrow Superintendent Struggles With State Education Budget Cuts
For the 1500 students in the Muldrow School District, the future of education is uncertain.
Area Schools See 4% Cut in Funding
One superintendent stated that “on the high end the eventual cuts could reach as high as $200 per student based on average daily attendance”. In a Monday meeting superintendents were advised that the cuts could range from $100-$200 per student based on the Average Weighted Daily Membership (WADM).
Around The State: The Impact Of Revenue Failure On #Oklaed