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Scarce Resources For All!

October 3, 2012

I was interested in the agenda for today’s first meeting of the Funding for Oklahoma Common Education Interim Study, so I did a little research on the first speaker, Dan Thatcher of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Here is the blurb from NCLS’s website:

Dan Thatcher previously covered education finance at the National Conference of State Legislatures from 2006 to 2010. Beginning September 2011, he returns to cover education finance, Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and education data systems. With funding from the Gates and Hewlett Foundations, he currently tracks how states most effectively reallocate scarce resources for education during an era of diminishing state revenues. Dan also tracks CCSS implementation and education data systems. Dan has worked with state legislators in a variety of capacities for ten years, including service as a Hinckley Intern in the Utah State Legislature in 2004. Dan received his BS in political science from the University of Utah and his law degree from the Sturm College of Law, University of Denver.

I sure hope Mr. Thatcher has been informed that revenue collections are actually up in Oklahoma. One member of the legislature can’t quit Tweeting about it. Maybe the legislators organizing today’s session have shared this chart from the OKPolicy Blog with him. Maybe he will advise the legislature how to support education, which Governor Fallin claims to have been doing all along.

From OKPolicy.org

The math is simple here people. More kids in schools. Less money allocated to schools. More money in the state coffers.

Study that!

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