Tuesday, March 08, 2005

For a Few Dollars More...

I really don't mean any offense to what is truly a great organization.....but....I checked out the Tulsa Technology website (TTC) the other day. It seems they serve a total of 3,000 persons, roughly half of them in secondary schools and the rest adults. Their budget is in excess of $54 million, meaning they spend an average of over $18,000 per student served!

Through my charter school experience, I know they spend approximately $5,500 per student to educate them a full day. The TTC programs are half day.

TTC is a world-class organization and truly a model for career and vocational education programs around the country and the world. They have been sitting on yearly operational surpluses the past few years, no doubt a result of the health of Tulsa County taken as a whole.

I am proud of them and they should be proud of themselves. TTC started as a reform out of Tulsa Public Schools in the '70's and they have continued to innovate and improve themselves.

Maybe it's about time that the county consider reducing our tax assessments down a mill or two. That would help ease the burden on homeowners. There needs to be an incentive for all quasi-governmental agencies and programs to tighten their belts.

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