The Oklahoma public school system supports the Oklahoma infrastructure--voting citizens tomorrow, but youth today. Students cannot vote, they do not pay taxes; they have no action groups or organized and ran coalitions. Public schools and the students they serve become easy targets for reducing and alleviating the financial negligence of our Oklahoma representatives. A thorough metacognition reveals that students do not represent a constituency--it is their parents and guardians who do. This adult constituency, however, does not daily encounter the broken pencil sharpeners, the burned out light bulbs, the leaking roofs, the cancelled field trips, the eliminated athletic events, or the empty towel dispensers found at school. When parents and guardians do learn of these things, they are aghast! Some, deciding that this kind of treatment is unsuitable for their children, become proponents of charter [privatized] schools like DOVE. Never resting blame for the broken pencil sharpeners, the burned out light bulbs, the leaking roofs, the cancelled field trips, the eliminated athletic events, or the empty towel dispensers squarely at the feet of legislators who have sabotaged Oklahoma public schools' budget allocation and by mandating expensive, high-stakes testing, screening throughout the course of the school year, and end-of-instruction (EOI) exams. Parents and guardians often fail to see the "big picture." The fact remains; Oklahoma state legislators have systematically starved public schools to virtual extinction either through reduced state funding or enacted bills that mandate public school functions. Why? Why would anyone strive to harm the infrastructure of Oklahoma--the Oklahoma public school system? Could it be that representatives systematically starving public schools are heavily and profitably invested? Could it be that bills authored today by legislators are designed to result in the demise of our Oklahoma public school system? Could it be that our representatives have alliances with factions that strive to harm the Oklahoma public school system? Could it be argued that this type of activity is tantamount to insider trading? Haven't we as a nation sent people to jail for this type of criminal behavior?
Source : https://www.huffingtonpost.com/kim-a-harris-phd-/oklahoma-public-education_b_9696346.html338