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Education in the Living Room

Filed by Michael Cross in Education, Feature, Local News, News.
October 5, 2011

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Trying to do more with less.

That’s the challenge facing Oklahoma educators after state lawmakers slashed education spending by more than 4% during the last legislative session.

Despite the money woes, Administrators at the state and local level are forging ahead with a series of reforms. Oklahoma City School Superintendent Karl Springer says the whole structure of education needs to improve in this country…

“It’s based on a plan that had just a few people that needed to be highly educated and a whole bunch of people who basically did the work. We’re rephrasing that now. Every child needs to be college and career ready when they graduate. Every child needs to have an opportunity to have success beyond their wildest dreams and that needs to be how we focus these education programs for these kids.”

State School Superintendent Janet Barresi, meanwhile, is touting the need for parental choice in the education of their children.

“I think choice creates a sense of competition, I think it creates innovation and I think it is important. But I also know that…I’ve always said my best day is when they close the last charter school for lack of interest. And I think it needs to be an impetus to continue to the improvement of all schools.”

You can hear more of Gerry Bonds’ interview with State Schools Superintendent Janet Barresi and Oklahoma City School Superintendent Karl Springer on this month’s edition of The Living Room…on KOSU tonight at 6:30 right after Marketplace

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