Friday, January 21, 2011

Derby Bill Seeks School Funding Shift

Rep. David Derby
Legislation filed by Rep. David Derby would shift more funding to the classroom by reducing administrative overhead.
“It’s become clear that Oklahoma schools have way too much administrative bloat, which drains money away from students in the classroom for unnecessary overhead,” said Derby, R-Owasso.

“It seems like every other school district has a superintendent, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, and then assistants to the assistants, and most of them earn a six-figure income. It’s ridiculous, and it’s time to put an end to the waste.”

House Bill 1289 would create the School District County Restructuring Act, creating county districts throughout Oklahoma outside of the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas. School districts located in Tulsa County, Oklahoma County, Rogers County, Cleveland County and Canadian County, would be restructured into one or more districts of 7,000 to 14,000 students each.

The bill would not close any school sites, but would require fewer school administrators and free up money for the classroom. Under the measure, only one superintendent could be hired by each district.

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