QOTD (07/21/17)

“One thing you are going to see this year is the overcrowding of classrooms. We’ve had teachers tell us they would rather have smaller classrooms and forget the pay raise, that’s how bad it is. And, really, with the overcrowding, we are setting kids up for failure, especially in the year when they are learning to read. Classes aren’t even built to hold that many students. I wonder how many fire codes we’re breaking.”

– Ginger Tinney, Professional Oklahoma Educators Foundation Executive Director, speaking about the consequences of a lack of adequate funding for common education in Oklahoma (Source)


Courtney Cullison worked for OK Policy from 2017 to 2020 as a policy analyst focused on issues of economic opportunity and financial security. Before coming to OK Policy, Courtney worked in higher education, holding faculty positions at the University of Texas at Tyler and at Connors State College in eastern Oklahoma. A native Oklahoman, she received an Honors B.A. in Political Science from Oklahoma State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. with emphasis in congressional politics and public policy from the University of Oklahoma. While at OU, Courtney was a fellow at the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center. As a professor she taught classes in American politics, public policy, and research methods and conducted original research with a focus on the relationship between representatives and the constituents they serve.

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