OKLAHOMA CITY - Sen. Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma City, says reforms in administrative costs in education could free up millions of dollars for classrooms.
Loveless says, “In the past decade, we’ve seen administrative costs skyrocket by up to 29 percent, but our student population has only increased by 11 percent.”
The lawmaker filed Senate Bill 1321 this session to phase out human resources, information technology and other administrative costs in school districts with fewer than 200 students.
“That bill alone would have freed up about $38 million dollars in administrative costs that could have been redirected to the classroom.”
The measure wasn’t heard in committee.
Senate bill 1320 would have required schools not to count students who no longer attend that district. Loveless says districts with declining student enrollments continue to receive education dollars for the counted students.
He says that change would have increased funding for 75 percent of the school districts in Oklahoma.
The bill won committee approval, but was narrowly defeated on the floor. Loveless remains convinced reducing administrative spending would benefit students.
“We are not getting the results that students and taxpayers deserve—otherwise we wouldn’t have a third of the students attending OU and OSU needing remedial classes because they lack the basic academic skills needed for college-level work.”