University of Oklahoma, Norman Campus

March 9th
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The yearly struggle to appropriately support state public education, coupled with last year’s teacher walkout, clearly illustrate the need to better organize and communicate around school funding issues in Oklahoma. The goal of the Education Funding Summit is to provide training and a forum for discussion around funding issues for schools in the context of Oklahoma politics. The summit will provide networks of grassroots activists, local political advocacy groups, legislators, school finance experts, and state associations to identify, describe, and strategize how to solve state funding issues. The summit will also provide an important platform for those who care about increasing funds for public education to voice their informed concern and leverage their rights as engaged citizens. For maximum impact, this summit will be held after the start of the legislative session and before the April 1 budget deadline. This will allow for discussion, planning, and communication of any potential changes for education before the budget deadline.


Lots are free on campus on weekends, but some garages still require fees.  You may park behind the Education Building if you want (Collings Hall).  You can reach this lot by driving to the corner of Elm Street and Parsons Street (this is called Dale Parking Lot). 

Please find a link to a map of campus here:


Education Funding Summit Schedule

See yellow text below for links to presentation materials and handouts.

All events were held in the Oklahoma Memorial Union at the University of Oklahoma Norman Campus.
[Regents/Associates and Scholars Rooms on 3rd Floor North; Heritage Room on 2nd Floor North]

9:00-10:15 a.m. General Session: Overview of State Funding Issues (room: Regents/Associates)

10:30-11:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions: Oklahoma Funding and Policy Context

Session A: Communicating to Oklahoma Policymakers about Education Funding (room: Regents/Associates)

Session B: Critical Areas of Research for Oklahoma Finance (room: Scholars)

11:30-noon State Legislative Update on Education Committees (room: Regents/Associates)

  • Representative Jacob Rosecrants (D, District 46), Member of Common Education and Appropriations & Budget Education Committees

[Noon-1:00 p.m. Lunch]

1:00-1:45 Concurrent Sessions 2: Focused Issues

Session A: The Devastating Impact of the Oklahoma Teacher Shortage (room: Regents/Associates)

Session B: Threats to Adequate Funding for Oklahoma Public Schools [Privatization; Salaries and Needs] (room: Scholars)

Session C: Student Perceptions of Teacher Quality (room: Heritage)

  • John Jones, Clinical Associate Professor of Education, University of Oklahoma
  • Misty Henry, Doctoral Student in Education, University of Oklahoma

2:00-2:45 Concurrent Sessions 3: Focused Issues

Session A: Tax Increment Finance (TIF) and School Funding (room: Regents/Associates)

Session B: What it Really Takes: Funding the Team Effort Required for High Poverty Schools (room: Scholars)

Session C: The Youth Are Our Future: Civics Education as a Means Towards Sustainable School Funding (room: Heritage)

3:00-3:45 Workshops

Workshop A: How to Track Legislation (room: Regents/Associates)

Workshop B: Advocating for Schools by Telling Your Story (room: Scholars)

4:00-4:30 Conversations with Organizations about Education Policy

Organization A: Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) (room: Regents/Associates)

Organization B: Pastors for Oklahoma Kids (room: Scholars)

4:45-6:00 Keynote: “Adequacy and the creation of an equitable education funding system(room: Regents/Associates) 

Description:  I will briefly outline funding philosophies and the role of state government, goals of the distribution of state funds, methods of distributing state school finance dollars, and discuss the equity implications of various options.

Short bio: Nicola A. Alexander is an associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota. Her formal educational background is in public administration and policy, and her dissertation won the 1999 American Education Finance Association Jean Flanigan Dissertation Award. She is particularly interested in issues of adequacy, equity, and productivity as they relate to PK-12 education. Her interests and expertise focus on fairness and organizational capacity.

Sponsored by

The Institute for the Study of Education Finance
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, The University of Oklahoma

Hosted by