Oklahoma Teachers To See Larger Class...

Oklahoma Teachers To See Larger Classes, Older Textbook Next Year

There are 47 comments on the Oklahoma Impact Team story from Mar 2, 2010, titled Oklahoma Teachers To See Larger Classes, Older Textbook Next Year. In it, Oklahoma Impact Team reports that:

Oklahoma school districts will face severe challenges in the coming months as administrators try to figure out how to stretch what is certain to be a diminished state formula allocation for FY 2011.

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had bad schooling

Oklahoma City, OK

#1 Mar 2, 2010
what! what !! so the lottery is not helping out schools? wheres the money from the stimulus? i see lets built a central park!!!! i guess is better than investing in our kids
former OKLA teacher

Pauls Valley, OK

#2 Mar 2, 2010
I seriously doubt that the textbook industry is very sympathetic since they are in the business of selling their textbooks. Teachers could make it a couple of more years without new textbooks, but our kids can't make it without their teachers. And who knows? The internet may someday make textbooks obsolete anyway. It's just a thought...
Kevin from Norman

Norman, OK

#3 Mar 2, 2010
School districts are already emphasizing the use of technology in the classroom. Why doesn't the state save some millions on books...use that money for more teachers (meaning smaller class sizes) and move towards using online textbooks in the classroom?
George

Blanchard, OK

#4 Mar 3, 2010
The lottery was to be the financial rescuer for education, but seems to have only stimulated education's hunger for money. I would like to see school systems consolidated across this state thus eliminating many costly and unnecessary superintendent positions. Where is the lottery money being spent that it hasn't done what was designed to do?
Tnice

Montgomery, AL

#5 Mar 3, 2010
had bad schooling wrote:
what! what !! so the lottery is not helping out schools? wheres the money from the stimulus? i see lets built a central park!!!! i guess is better than investing in our kids
The lottery money is sitting in a personal bank account owned by several Oklahoma polititians.
As if our education system isn't bad enough. Our educations system is going to send us right into the third world, I hope you packed your bags!
This makes our future so bright, kids with less education and no hope for a better future........I'm looking forward to slumming it.
AMADTAX PAYERANDPARENT

United States

#6 Mar 3, 2010
Where is all that LOTTERY MONEY !!!!! Weren't our schools suppose to receive money to help improve education?? Are not BOOKS and TEACHERS what improve education? So what is our state doing with that money for education and I don't want to hear we don't understand how things are done. I want our government officials to be responsible to their promises and to us the people. I myself cannot see what you have done for the education of our children except talk and collect money that is going to how knows what. Maybe a audit with non-government officials and a random picked board of parents chosen from the voters registration lists to oversee them. Apparently what we have in place is not too responsible to the people but maybe alittle to much to themselves in getting their share. This is my opinion does anyone else think this way.
Harold

Oklahoma City, OK

#7 Mar 3, 2010
Perhaps if we reduced overhead (administration) in our schools we would have money for textbooks and teachers.
EngTeach

Yukon, OK

#8 Mar 3, 2010
So, I'm supposed to continue to do an outstanding job in the classroom with more students and fewer resources? Wonderful! It's amazing to me that the legislators who keep making these changes and voting for these cuts have no idea what it is like to live with the results. I think every legislator in our state should have to go into a teacher's class for a week and teach.
concerned teacher-parent

Oklahoma City, OK

#9 Mar 3, 2010
What is wrong with these people. Why would you make cuts that immediately affect students? We are so top heavy, especially in larger districts, that we should first look at reducing the number of Assistant superintendents, career coordinators and other coordinators that are not directly in the classroom. Why have them if we have fewer teachers. The fewer teachers in the buildings, the less they are needed. Keep class sizes small and reduce administration building professionals. They make double or more than teachers. I don't want any one to loose their job, but cuting teachers and making class size larger should be the last thing before going under. And for crying out loud, ask the teachers for ideas. Most administrators have been out of the classroom so long they can't be expected to have the best answers for classroom learning. My experience is that they don't know. It is sad that our legislators make schools have to fight to teach our students instead of funding like they should. Shame on them!
David

Tulsa, OK

#10 Mar 3, 2010
George wrote:
The lottery was to be the financial rescuer for education, but seems to have only stimulated education's hunger for money....Where is the lottery money being spent that it hasn't done what was designed to do?
Again, the lottery money was never meant to supplement the monies received from the state/federal government. They projected how much the lottery would bring in and reduced the state/federal monies accordingly.
Maybe

Tulsa, OK

#11 Mar 3, 2010
concerned teacher-parent wrote:
Most administrators have been out of the classroom so long they can't be expected to have the best answers for classroom learning. My experience is that they don't know.
Maybe it's time to start having administrators get back in the classroom. Have them teach an hour or two a day and reduce class sizes accordingly. Maybe we could kill two birds with one stone.
Sandy

Oklahoma City, OK

#12 Mar 3, 2010
How about Home Schooling? The State doesn't like that. I heard in one State they aren't even going to teach History anymore.
Well, that will just make sure our children don't know about what our
Country stands for. Wake up parents, and take some time to check out your children't textbooks, instead of being so absorbed in sports. Ever wonder how much the school is paying out so you can have sports?? Sports is fine, but check out the salaries of the coaches. Maybe it would be good if some of the money was spent for the whole school.
Too too bad

Kingfisher, OK

#13 Mar 3, 2010
Larger classrooms have been shown statitically in the past to result in lower ACT scores. We are testing our teachers and our children more frequently than ever. The teachers are stretched to their max to attend to 14-16 students and their needs. Have you ever tried to direct 22 children by yourself in an activity at camp or Sunday school? More and more teachers that care about excellence recommend their children not enter teaching. How can you demand higher standards of critical thinking when all you have time to do is teach the answers to the test? Please allow our teachers to return to educating and fostering thinking, problem-solving, creative minds. By the way, a friend of ours taught ESL in Japan for 2 years in their public schools. Often the children were inattentive, sleeping, or playing video games. That's because the teachers taught from a pre-written text and most of the children attend one-on-one tututoring from after school until approximately 10:00 at night. Maybe their high scores come from more one on one teaching rather than hugh class sizes. HMMMMM.
born in OK

Ann Arbor, MI

#14 Mar 3, 2010
which one of you voted for obama bin osama? If you did you should have nothing to say.
WatchdogOK

Oklahoma City, OK

#15 Mar 4, 2010
Hey, go to the Department of Education's website and look at the salaries of your schools principals and your school district superintendents...then you will know exactly where your tax dollars are going. Get rid of Queen Sandy Garrett and her buddies and start reducing the salaries of College Presidents and Deans.

As for the lottery money, if I remember correctly and you may correct me if I am wrong, but DOE administration gets about 5-10% off the top of that lottery money. Then the rest trickles down. SHAME ON YOU SANDY GARRETT for making our teachers and children pay for your greed.
jimmy spencer

Atlanta, GA

#16 Mar 4, 2010
Where is all that big lottery money going that was going to help buy books
Teacher

Tulsa, OK

#17 Mar 4, 2010
jimmy spencer wrote:
Where is all that big lottery money going that was going to help buy books
Read post #10 above.
AMADTAXPAYERANDP ARENT

Dallas, TX

#18 Mar 4, 2010
The Internet is fine in the classroom but what about if the child has homework and needs to refer to their textbook for information clarification. Not all families can afford a computer alot are single parents that do well to survive and some work multiple jobs. Access to a computer my be restricted for the child. We need solutions that will help all children equally because they are not all equal financially. Less teachers and less practical resources are not acceptable answers. Less money to the administration is one very good solution and requiring each person in administration to teach one to two classes a day is very good also. In any job it is the people who don't who make rules for those who do the work.
Why now

Ponca City, OK

#19 Mar 4, 2010
First of all they need to cap the superintendents salaries, we have several making over $200,000 a year. Second, they need to take the stimulus money they are shoveling into the prison system and redirect it into the schools. This is not a matter of no money, it is a matter of money that is being poorly spent.
born in OK

Ann Arbor, MI

#20 Mar 4, 2010
you think its bad now just wait
http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/02/the_cl...

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