Oklahomans cannot be expected to put their children in a box with only the hope that the walls were built right. The pupils’ safety is entrusted to the elected officials who are responsible for the public buildings built with taxpayer money. Where are they?
-The Journal Record, writing about an apparent lack of concern from legislators after it was revealed that a contractor used faulty construction methods in the two Moore schools that collapsed in a tornado (Source: http://bit.ly/1mSjIeS)
Parents send us the best they have. They want us to educate their children, but it’s very hard for our students to be at their best when they have no food consistently at home or the proper clothing to come to school. They’re like little adults with adult worries, and they don’t know how to be the child they are.
-Principal Estella Bitson of Hawthorne Elementary, a high-poverty school in north Tulsa (Source: http://bit.ly/1dTbVUG)
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Oklahoma’s gross revenue collections are at an all-time high, but funds for the state’s discretionary budget have a $188 million shortfall. The lost revenue is going mostly to transportation spending and oil and gas industry tax breaks. To a lesser extent, it’s going to individual and corporate tax refunds and business subsidies.
- OK Policy Director Gene Perry, discussing Oklahoma’s simultaneous high general revenue collections and budget shortfall (source: http://bit.ly/1eFvhMG)