Thursday, December 15, 2011

Board Of Education To Present Proposed Budget

The State Board of Education meets today to present its new budget proposal and Oklahoma Watchdog's Peter J. Rudy offers these thoughts:

  • In 2007, the Board requested a budget increase of $395-million which would have made the Common Education budget alone nearly $3-billion.
  • In 2008, as presidential candidates debated about how to fix the economy, the State Board of Education wanted an even larger increase, this time $479-million more.
  • In 2009, despite the need for federal stimulus funds and talk of a revenue failure that beccame official the following month, the Board of Education still wanted an increase of $226-million.
  • Last year, even though everyone was talking about a budget shortfall of close to a billion dollars, the State Board of Education requested a budget increase of $381-million.
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