Wednesday, April 26, 2017

State Spends Higher Percentage On Education Than National Average

  According to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), the United States NATIONAL Census Bureau found that approximately: 
  • 45.6% of the country's school system revenue came from state sources,
  • 45.3% came from local sources.
  • 9.1% of school system revenue came from federal sources.[1][2]
  As you can see, most states divide the funding responsibilities rather evenly between the county and the state.
  But Oklahoma School Districts have expected far more of the state than their own local funding sources.

Oklahoma school funding breaks down this way:
  • 49.2% of the average Oklahoma  revenue comes from state sources.
  • 38.6% ​comes from local sources
  • 12.2% comes from federal sources

  This clearly demonstrates that the public schools have come to expect the state capitol to fix things instead of their own communities. If the local funding simply matched the state, as it clearly does in the national average, then teachers would see thousands more in pay and other education provisions. Just bringing local funding to a parity with state funding will mean an average $6000 additional dollars in each classroom

  But the real key to massive new classroom funding would come from adopting the San Diego model. They pay their teachers $10,000 nore per year than Oklahoma averages, but actually spend less per student, because they average 21.5 students per classroom. Oklahoma only has 16.3 students per class, as an average. In context, the baby boomer generation typically had 30 students per classroom.

  To be clear, this is just average numbers. Some school districts are far more dependent on state funding, but other districts pay far more of their own local money. Pryor Public Schools does not receive any state funding, because their local property tax receipts already push their funding beyond the cut off point where the state fully phases out all support.

  Oklahoman's have bought the false notion that looking to the state legislature means  that they will get money which came from other's instead of their own neighbors. But that's just an illusion.

from Sooner - Editorial

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