Parents, Students Voice Concerns About School Funding Changes


Wednesday, April 21st 2021, 7:53 am
By: Tevis Hillis


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Parents and students from public schools across Oklahoma will gather at the state capitol Wednesday as they voice concerns about new school funding policies.

Parent, school, and student advocacy organizations say they have watched public schools take a beating this session.

They are demanding full funding for schools, not just those that will be boosting enrollment.

This comes after the State Board of Education reached an agreement with charter schools moving millions of dollars from public schools to charter schools.

They say they support charter schools but that there are vast differences between them and public schools.

The groups are calling on state leaders to re-focus on the well-being of public-school students.

"We want our elected leaders to understand a majority of us as parents are choosing public schools. What we are looking for is our leaders to partner with us," said Erin Brewer, co-chair of communications for the Oklahoma Parent Legislative Action Committee. "my kids who are 6th and 8th grade will likely never go to a fully-funded school in Oklahoma."