Op-ed: How much money does a government school monopoly need?

In Oklahoma as elsewhere, there is no upper limit to demands for more money from a government school system that has consistently squandered regular spending increases. It’s been the same story year after year, for decades. However much we spend, it’s never enough; however big the spending increase is, it’s still so small that expecting to see any results from it is unreasonable. “Adequate funding,” like Neverland, is always somewhere far beyond the horizon, no matter how far we travel.

This January, the Tulsa World suggested a new year’s resolution for Oklahoma’s state legislature: “fund public schools adequately.” The paper declares that “we’ve never actually tried it, or at least not for long enough to make a difference.” So “let’s make 2020 the year.”

Apparently, they have some clear idea of just how much spending is enough. After all, they couldn’t assert that Oklahoma has never funded public schools adequately if they didn’t know how much funding was adequate. Curiously, they don’t tell us what that funding level is.

How do you keep a new year’s resolution if you don’t define the goal?

Continue reading…