I often wonder: How’s that workin’ out for you? Not only are the crimes not becoming obsolete, now they’re being committed in the schools themselves. The Edmond Sun recently informed us that even in Edmond, where I live, the middle schools require policemen and “drug recognition experts.” And recently I had occasion to visit Edmond Memorial High School and had another eye-opening experience. The solitary sign on the door had a very simple message. Not “Welcome to Edmond Memorial, Home of the Bulldogs” or anything like that. Rather, they just got right to the point:
McCoy’s concern for per-pupil expenditures is understandable. But what she fails to understand is that per-pupil expenditures would increase, not decrease, under the plan.
Indeed, accountant and OCPA research fellow Steve Anderson, formerly a state-certified teacher with 17 teaching certifications, has prepared a spreadsheet showing that under the plan McCoy denounces, expenditures would increase by more than $200 per pupil — and that’s if only 2,500 scholarships were granted. The per-pupil expenditure would rise with each additional scholarship granted.
As long as children remain trapped in underperforming and unsafe schools, the union’s talking points ring hollow.
About the Author:
Brandon Dutcher is vice president for policy at OCPA (ocpathink.org), an Oklahoma based conservative think tank.