We love Facebook’s memories feature, particularly when it reminds us of gems like this article in which Betty Casey, editor of TulsaKids, predicts that Oklahoma public schools will face hard times as a result of unfunded mandates and misguided reform focusing on high-stakes testing, charters, and privatization.
Oklahoma Public Schools May Be in for More Hard Times
Look at Oklahoma’s unfunded “reforms.” The A-F grading of schools has been shown to be a farce, with the grades being based on confusing, incomplete and irrelevant data. The third grade reading initiative seems like a great idea on the surface, but our legislature underfunds the schools, so that class sizes are larger, so teachers have less time to spend with struggling students. And forget having specialized reading teachers or tutors in the schools. Oh, and those end-of-instruction tests for high school students? That has been a mess.
But, as I said earlier, setting public schools up for failure may be exactly what Oklahoma policy-makers are trying to do.