Change in education could improve Okla. schools

Posted at 7:08 PM, Dec 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-11 20:08:03-05

President Barack Obama finalized a bill Thursday that will supersede the 13-year-old No Child Left Behind Act of the previous administration and the new mandate aims reduce over testing and grant states the autonomy to regulate education individually.

According to the Nation's Report Card, Oklahoma is among the worst states in the country when it comes to testing proficiency and many school districts have struggled to educate students based on factors outside of the classroom.

Nearly two-thirds of Union Public School students in Tulsa participate in the Oklahoma Free and Reduced Meals Program and Studies suggest students with fewer economic resources have a disadvantage in the classroom.

Dr. Kirt Hartzel, Superintendent of Union Public School, is excited about the change and believes that working with the state on how to educate students will make an effective improvement to the current system.

As of now, Oklahoma public schools are ranked 33 out of the 50 states according to Wallet Hub and with the financial hardships the state has endured in 2015, cutting back on testing could save millions of dollars.

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