Tulsa Students Question Experts On Education Funding Crisis

Tuesday, October 25th 2016, 11:09 pm
By: News On 6

Students got their chance to question policy experts on the state's education funding crisis.

Tuesday, students at Edison High School got those questions answered at an education forum.

It’s part of a semester-long research project for Edison students who are about to write a 2,000-word paper on Tuesday's forum.

Lawmakers debate it, adults talk about it and students have lots questions about it.

Funding education, keeping classroom sizes low, keeping the best teachers employed in Oklahoma – that was the subject of the symposium at Edison High School.

Each student is writing a paper on the funding topic.

Besides their final paper, the question and answer forum with policy experts was like the midterm exam.

Student Jacob Berube said, "If we're going to discuss these issues, I think it's important to analyze the solution, not just the problem."

Students researched their questions for the panelists with verified sources.

"It was really interesting to see how somebody that's actually involved in making those decisions, actually talk to us about how the process actually works and some of the thought that went into it," said student Luke Hamilton.

Berube said, "I'm just glad our voices are being heard and can see our problems are being understood."

The panelists were impressed with the students being engaged in the topic of funding education.

"They really want to be a part of the process, and I got the impression that they've had that opportunity in this class, and now they'd like to do that at a higher level," education lobbyist Margaret Erling said. "I think they certainly realize that what the funding cuts have cost them, in class size, in class selection, in teacher shortage, etcetera, so they know the issues, unfortunately they're not old enough to vote."

Edison and Jenks high schools are the only Tulsa area schools offering the Advanced Placement class, which gives the students college course credit at the end of the year.