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According to the Oklahoma State Department of Education, enrollment in Oklahoma public schools has increased by 14% from 1993 to 2014. The number of teachers rose by a comparable 13%, yet the number of non-teaching school staff increased by 34%.

CapitolBeatOK cited a recent study in Oklahoma, “We could have already given every public school teacher in Oklahoma a $7,042 raise if we had simply increased our non-teaching staff growth at the same rate as our student enrollment growth.”

Question:
With less than 60% going to the classroom, should Oklahoma make cuts to non-teaching personnel to increase teacher pay to the regional average versus spending new tax money to fund on teacher raises?

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