Letter to the Editor: Thursday's SQ 744 story is unfair, inaccurate
I recently read the Sept. 23 front-page article, “OU, OSU ask campaign to pull ad,” and I was troubled by the lack of balance and accuracy in the article.
The ad in question no way implies that OU and OSU either support or oppose State Question 744. It merely points out how we refuse to be beaten on the football field (a good thing) but we are routinely beaten in the classroom when it comes to our pre-kindergarten through 12th grade schools. I, for one, do not want to be beaten in either area.
In addition, we have all seen the political candidates who have tailgates set up on Saturdays that feature the use of the same university logos (I have seen many “Sooners for Jari” and “Sooners for Mary” T-shirts on my walks to home games this season), yet we heard nothing from either university president about this.
What concerns me most is that there was virtually no effort to tell both sides of the story when it comes to SQ 744. The reality is that SQ 744 does not call for a tuition increase nor does it call for cuts to any other areas. If you do not believe me, look for yourself in the actual ballot measure.
What SQ 744 will do is raise what we invest per child in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education up to the regional average. As the TV ad mentioned, right now we are dead last in the region.
We also are 49th in the nation in per student funding and 48th in teacher pay (listen up education majors). Would we tolerate those types of numbers in the BCS rankings? No.
The group supporting the measure, YES on 744, is supported by a diverse, statewide coalition of groups including American Indian tribes, community groups, civic organizations and education groups.
If we want to get as competitive with our economy as we are on the field we need to improve our commitment to pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education. If we do, we will have stronger students, a better workforce and more economic opportunities for people all across the Sooner State.
I urge you all to ignore the scare tactics being spread about SQ 744 and educate yourself on the issue. Go to www.yeson744.com to learn more.
— Joe DuVall, political science senior