In spite of the continual budget cutting since 2008, Bartlesville Public Schools has been listed in the one of the Top 10 schools in the state by U.S. News and World Report. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that the school is having to cut back on everything from teachers to transportation. This will result in larger class sizes and more difficulty getting to school for students.
The Bartlesville newspaper places the blame squarely on the shoulders of our state leaders.
Gov. Mary Fallin and state legislators have cut the state’s highest income tax rate from 7 percent to 5 percent in the same time frame. It’s cost the state millions and millions of dollars in revenue.
State lawmakers are in Oklahoma City trying to find more ways to make thinner slices of the revenue pie instead of making a new larger revenue pie.
And every public school system in the state is paying the price.