Lighter Side: A Solution to the School Funding Crunch a 4th Grader Could Love

Last night my family was discussing the tough times facing public schools in Tulsa and elsewhere. My son, Noah, who’s in the 4th grade, offered one of his favorite jokes (from Jokes for Children, Marguerite Kohl and Frederica Young, 1963):

A littleĀ  boy had heard about how crowded the schools were in his city and was discussing the problem with his grade school principal. After listening to the little fellow for a few minutes, the principal said to him, “I think it’s very thoughtful of you, but I don’t really feel that your resignation is the solution to our crowded school problem.”

Noah wants the powers to be to know that should Tulsa Public Schools decide to go this route, he’d accept a very reasonable severance package of two Nintendo game cartridges and a new IPod.


Former Executive Director David Blatt joined OK Policy in 2008 and served as its Executive Director from 2010 to 2019. He previously served as Director of Public Policy for Community Action Project of Tulsa County and as a budget analyst for the Oklahoma State Senate. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Alberta. David has been selected as Political Scientist of the Year by the Oklahoma Political Science Association, Local Social Justice Champion by the Dan Allen Center for Social Justice, and Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers.

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