The Best Articles On Oklahoma’s State Revenue Failure

Education News Oklahoma leaders have announced a $900 million budget hole. Yes, you read that right. Check out the following articles to learn more about what this means for public education.

December 15, 2015

State Declares Pending ‘Revenue Failure,' Forcing Mid-Year Cuts

Oklahoma will see a revenue failure this fiscal year after it was announce Thursday that November's revenue was down $50.1 million, or 12 percent , from what was budgeted. State Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger said in a press release the state will enact midyear budget cuts for “appropriated state agencies,” and that Oklahoma faces a $900.8 million budget hole heading into fiscal year 2017.

The Next Cut is the Deepest

Raise your hand if you've been in the Legislature for 10 years or more. You back there…we see you. Raise. Your. Hand. If you voted for every income tax cut, if you fed into this problem by supporting a seemingly endless supply of tax credits for corporations, if you campaigned for changes to the state…

December 18, 2015

Are Politicians EVER Wrong?

In yesterday's Journal Record, guest columnist Arnold Hamilton crushed Oklahoma Republican leaders' fragile explanation for the recently announced “revenue failure” with a 614-word sledgehammer. In his column, Hamilton, who is also the Editor of The Oklahoma Observer, called the term”revenue failure” a misnomer. In his opinion, the whole mess should be more accurately labeled a “leadership” failure.

December 21, 2015

It's Happening Isn't It?

This past August, education blogger Scott McLeod (dangerously!irrelevant), shared an insightful commentary on the process by which a person or entity might go about dismantling one of the most important components of a democratic society-its public schools. His original article was re-posted on Diane Ravitch's national blog this morning.

December 23, 2015

Making sense of the mid-year “revenue failure”

Today Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger officially declared a revenue failure, triggering $176.9 million in cuts in agency allocations for the current budget year, FY 2016. The revenue failure is the result of revenue collections coming in well below the official estimate upon which this year's appropriations were based.

State Revenue Failure: A Three Percent Opportunity

State Finance Director Preston Doerflinger just announced that all state agencies will receive a three percent cut to their state aid for the current fiscal year. That doesn't mean that future state aid checks to districts will be cut by three percent. That means districts – unless the SDE has some triggers in place to…

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About the author 

Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.

I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma student working on my doctorate in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with an concentration in English Education and co-Editor of the Oklahoma English Journal. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify students' voices and choices.

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