Negligence? One hopes Mr. Emig will dig deeper. He will likely be surprised to discover that:
- Oklahoma's public school revenues are higher than ever.
- Even when adjusted for inflation, Tulsa Public Schools per-student spending in 2016 ($12,180) is only down slightly from a decade ago ($12,261).
- Using data that the Oklahoma State Department of Education reports to the U.S. Department of Education, economist Benjamin Scafidi points out that between 1993 and 2014, TPS enrollment decreased by 3 percent and the number of teachers decreased by 4 percent—but non-teaching staff increased by 147 percent.
- TPS employs more non-teachers (3,258) than teachers (2,377).
- TPS employs 22 individuals with salaries in excess of $100,000—several of whom have the job title “executive assistant.”