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Alert: Funding Priorities and Possible Senate Action

May 16, 2013

This from a reader (with some emphasis added by me):

At 9:30 today Senator Anderson will attempt to amend the Common Education appropriation bill  to redirect SDE REACH funding and other vendor or non-public school  based appropriations into the State Aid Formula. Please contact your Senator for support.

Talking points to share with your Legislator:

Year Enrollment State Aid Appropriation Per Pupil
2009 644,777 $2,037,000,000 $3,159.23
2010 654,542 $1,924,000,000 $2,939.46
2011 659,615 $1,894,000,000 $2,871.37
2012 666,150 $1,816,000,000 $2,726.11
2013 676,049 $1,816,000,000 $2,686.20
2014 $1,838,000,000
2014-2009 (199,000,000)

Only $21 million out of the $74 million will go to the funding formula to pay for day to day operations.

The 2014 funding formula will be $200 million short of what it was in 2009 with approximately 40,000 more students.

Over $40 million from the Common Ed budget will go to SDE vendor based programs or special projects. This number will increase by over $10 million in 2014.  These programs include:

  • SDE REACH coaches $4.25 million
  • Teach For America – (Tulsa and Oklahoma City only)  $2.5 million
  • OU K20 Center – 3 line item appropriations $1.2 million
  • SDE student Information – $2 million
  • SDE determined vendor grants – $2.8 million
  • TLE VAM formula for test scores to evaluate teachers – $2 million
  • Think Through Math vendor program $1.8 million
  • Kaiser Foundation 3 year old program  – $10.5 million

The 2014 Oklahoma budget will be the largest budget in state history while the common education appropriation will still be  $124 million less than 2009.

The SDE Agency budget is at an all-time high with a 30% increase in testing and several new agency determined grant programs.

The common education share of the state budget has dropped from 36.1% to 33.8% since 2008.

33.8%  will represent common education’s smallest share of the state budget since before 1991.

Call your state senator early and often. Remind them that when we fail to fund basic services through the formula, the reforms don’t have anywhere to land. Paralyzing district budgets in favor of SDE and vendor-based programs is not better for anyone…except the vendors.

Also, remind them that the biggest vendor of all – CTB/McGraw-Hill – is a colossal failure.

  1. Claudia Swisher
    May 16, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Where, in this budget IS CTB? “SDE determined grants?”


  2. Paul Pruett
    May 17, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Please put taxes where they belong. Our classrooms need desks chairs books and teacher stop sending them to private vendors and pet projects that smell.


  3. Kate
    May 19, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    As far as Barresi and other SDE staff are concerned, the REACH coaches are rock stars… the world almost stops turning for the one week every month they are all in OKC for ‘training’ which of course includes their three a day, every day catered meals. Barresi and her staff may want to communicate with those out in the schools and ask exactly what the REACH coaches are bringing to their table that is helpful.


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