House Speaker Jeff Hickman recently spoke to a local news station about his understanding of school finance. We think it’s important to hear how someone with decades of experience in running an actual school, and several years of experience running entire districts, has to say about school finance.
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As for his claim that state appropriations are up $17.5 million since 2007, this is a fairly small amount, and he very selectively chose a year. To provide a clearer picture, here are some numbers to know.
The Oklahoma Policy Institute also published a school funding overview written by Lori Smith, the Edmond Public Schools Chief Financial Officer.