OK, that headline is a lie, but according to NewsOK.com, this is a real possibility in the future. It’s been a long-held belief in OKC that if you can’t afford to send your kids to private school, putting them in Edmond Public Schools is the next best thing. Hell, living in Edmond is like sending your kid to private school, but you get a house out of the deal! But it turns out Edmond is going to be begging for some of our tax dollars. Better move to Deer Creek while you still can, Edmonites.
Continued enrollment growth, the opening of a new elementary campus and state and federal funding cuts have school officials taking a hard look at budgets for the next two fiscal years.
“We need assistance from the state,” said David Goin, school superintendent. “That’s the long and short of it.”
“With 95 percent of our general fund tied up in salaries, there isn’t a lot left over to go towards other areas,” Smith said. “If the state does not increase funding for common education we could be forced to increase class size, reduce positions and eliminate programs.”
The district has one early childhood center, 15 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools and a total of 22,500 students. Over the last four years the district has grown by 2,200.
Oklahoma voters in November passed two state questions that will reduce the amount of funding the district will get from district taxpayers.
State Question 766 abolished property taxes on intangible personal property statewide. State Question 758 lowered the cap of property valuation increases from 5 percent per year to 3 percent.
“We are going to lose some local funding due to property tax measures that were passed by voters,” Smith said.
School officials estimated in this year’s budget summary that the passage of State Question 766 could cause an immediate loss of $50 million in tax revenue to schools, career technology centers and county government.
Voters approved the state questions out of legitimate economic concerns, State Sen. Clark Jolley said.
“The alternative was to have an incredibly large tax increase,” Jolley said.
Hey Republicans, remember those boxes on the back of the ballot when you were voting for Mitt Romney? It turns out they DO mean something. Let’s do some math real quick: The passage of SQ766 might cause a $50 million loss in money for our schools. I’m going to round-up and say there are 4 million people in Oklahoma. That works out to $12.50 per person, and even that’s kind of misleading, because SQ766 primarily lowered taxes for corporations. So, for around $1 a month per person, our schools (which are already underfunded) are going to be even more underfunded, which probably means they will hire an “illegal” to be the school’s “armed guard.”
But don’t worry, State Sen. Clark Jolley (R) is a friend of education and he supports education funding…kind of:
“The schools are asking for more than the state has,” Jolley said. “I support educational funding because I think these are legitimate concerns, but we have to face the reality that there are others that are calling for our dollars. Education is a priority but it’s just not possible to give them additional funding and the money lost from the passage of the state questions.”
Sen. Jolley supports educational funding, but isn’t going to do anything about it. Paying taxes is stupid, and un-American, and Edmond, the state’s model of Republican beliefs, would never accept money from the socialist Obama.
Continued from NewsOK.com:
The district is also facing a reduction in federal funding.
“The federal stimulus that was given to us in 2009 ended this year,” Smith said, referring to the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act that congress and President Barack Obama issued in 2009, which included money for education.
The district stopped receiving federal funding from the stimulus this month.
OK, the point of all of this is to point out that our legislature’s only goal is to lower our taxes until the only people the state can afford to pay is our legislators, and to provide some solutions.
1. Have a bake sale!
People of Edmond, have you seen Breaking Bad? Cook some meth and sell it to the people of Deer Creek.
2. Have prisoners teach our children.
Did you know it costs 4x more to incarcerate a prisoner than it does to educate a child? That is from Fox News, so it has to be true! We have the prisoners, we need teachers that we don’t have to pay, am I the only person seeing how to solve both these problems in one stroke? But I suppose this would be considered “cruel and unusual punishment.”
3. Home schooling
Someone has to teach your stupid damn kids, might as well be you! Plus, God is allowed in the classroom.
4. Become Democrats
Democrats love “wasteful spending” on things like education.
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