High hopes on more money for public education

Governor Gary Herbert is making his annual budget presentation today. He has already announced that the state has an extra $338 million for the next budget cycle and the governor is not recommending new taxes or additional debt.

Tami Pyfer of Logan, a member of the State Board of education, says she hopes there will be more money for public education. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show last week, Pyfer was asked what she thinks of the Legislature’s grading proposal.  

“This independent think thank that does research in Oklahoma indicates that their school grading system is actually masking the real scores of students,” she said. “It’s hiding the underachievement of some of their minority populations. They’ve been given some really negative press because they just don’t feel like it’s accurate at all.”

Pyfer said, unfortunately, public schools can’t do more without any more money and in many cases, public education is asked to actually do more with less.   

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