Four Day School Weeks Are The New Normal In Oklahoma (HBO)

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One third of all Oklahoma school districts are now operating on a four-day schedule.

Oklahoma has cut education funding per student more than any other state over the last 8 years. In the past, Oklahoma has compensated for funding cuts with oil revenue, but oil prices have declined in recent years.

“Teachers have been reluctant,” principal Nathan Gray told VICE News correspondent Roberto Ferdman. “You’re now forced to cover all the curriculum, all the testing that’s required by the state, in four days.”

In Oklahoma’s Noble school district, all schools are closed on Fridays to save money, one principal oversees two elementary schools to avoid hiring a second administrator, and the district superintendent also works bus duty.

Gray says a four-day school week isn’t what anyone wanted, but it was the only way to cope with the cuts. “This was our best way to survive.”



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Education is just not the department for budget cuts.

Author — HKM _

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This is horrifying. When you cut on education, you will ruin your economy for generations.

Author — emberchord

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“It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.” -Robert Fulghum

Author — MPM

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That is not okay. Education should be one of the top priorities.

Author — kezeeeeeeeeeeee

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Oklahoma is a complete joke. They have numerous private prisons that house California inmates, multiple fracking operations across the state and casinos in almost every county, all of these and the state is still suffering. Everyday I see the same cycle, the rich get richer while everyone else struggles to survive. If anyone in Oklahoma is to blame, it's every Oklahoman. But hey, college football is more important right?

Author — Tenchu Tesshu

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and yet you want these kids to compete in a global economy where kids from other countries outpace the US in math and science?

Author — mutekuro

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Oklahoma state ranks in the bottom 1/3 for average IQ of all US states.
Reducing the school week by 20% is truly a 'no-brainer'.

Author — Sean Nanoman

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It's time for Oklahoma to crack down on the millions of dollars in fraud and waste and put it towards the kids.

Author — Rayford Carpathia

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This is terrifying. How are they going to compete with students from other, better funded programs? How are they going to function in society when they're essentially undertrained for jobs that require a high school education? This is a clear crisis that needs immediate redress by someone with authority, but in our present society I doubt any true change will come.

Author — xaroxero

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4 days is actually better although not for that reason. everybody should have 4 day work weeks.

Author — just for you

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Republicans: for family values like screwing the children over.

Author — Ben W

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Money for Military and War is always at Hand but for Education is not in the USA. Looks like a 3rd-World Country...

Author — Bran Tarik

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Severe underfunding for public education, privatized prisons, privatized healthcare system.... USA! USA! USA!

Author — rochat

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Is this what republicans call trickle down economics???

Author — juandeldiablo696

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Its disgusting how state legislators are willing to gut the education of their state's youth for the sake of tax breaks and their "business friendly" mantra

Author — Hume Spike

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This is what happens when you vote against your own interest. I never understood why poor people vote Republican. They never cared about you, all they care for is their bottom line. And I'm not saying Democrats are any better because they're not. But we have more options than those two, we need to change the system so we can hear those other options in debates . GO GREEN 💚💚💚💚

Author — Mickey The maltipoo

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This is what happens when you lower taxes, give too many tax breaks, and left with no money to fund schools! This is exactly what Trump wants to do with his economic plan, which has failed in most states.

Author — Eric C

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There always budget for military and wars but no funding for education...

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This segment originally aired Oct. 21, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

One third of all Oklahoma school districts are now operating on a four-day schedule.

Oklahoma has cut education funding per student more than any other state over the last 8 years. In the past, Oklahoma has compensated for funding cuts with oil revenue, but oil prices have declined in recent years.

“Teachers have been reluctant, ” principal Nathan Gray told VICE News correspondent Roberto Ferdman. “You’re now forced to cover all the curriculum, all the testing that’s required by the state, in four days.”

In Oklahoma’s Noble school district, all schools are closed on Fridays to save money, one principal oversees two elementary schools to avoid hiring a second administrator, and the district superintendent also works bus duty.

Gray says a four-day school week isn’t what anyone wanted, but it was the only way to cope with the cuts. “This was our best way to survive.”

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Without even looking qit up. I can tell you right now that their governor is a Republican looking out for his big oil buddies!

Author — World Shaper