The Final Word: The Shocking Disparities in Education Funding

The MITCHELLTALKS mission is to emphasize important stories often overlooked or ignored. Our feature video on school funding inequality fits precisely into that charge. It was viewed by thousands, and prompted dozens of comments and messages.

We used data from the Oklahoma State Department of Education https://sdeweb01.sde.ok.gov/OCAS_Reporting/Districts.aspx and from okedcoaltion.com http://www.okedcoalition.org/get-the-facts.html as the basis of the report, along with references in other media for illustrative purposes. We encourage viewers to carefully study both reports.

The SDE report provides detail on what was included, and the numbers in our report reflect that information. Some have suggested that some alterations in the data would more accurately reflect the extent of the inequality statewide; however, it is impossible to exclude ad valorem since it is a chargeable within the state aid formula in two critical categories.

We appreciate the feedback. In the future, if our sources publish a more detailed report of the inequality we will distribute that study.

Education funding is a critically important yet complex and controversial topic. Our report aims to promote discussion only. We want viewers to decide: we offer no conclusions as to why the inequality exists, nor do we offer a remedy for the inequality.

In 1919, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. in his dissent regarding Abrams v. United States used the term “free trade in ideas” to argue that truth emerges when free and transparent discussions compete. This is our contribution to that discussion. We thank all who watched and all who responded.