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By Jennifer Palmer
Oklahoma Watch 

Can schools meet Fallin's demand to spend more money in the classroom?


Amid an intensifying drumbeat of political promises to propel schools to spend more of their dollars in the classroom, Crescent Public Schools stands out.

The district of 600 students in Logan County spent 64 percent of its total funding in 2016-17 on instruction, which includes things like teacher salaries, textbooks and smartboards.

That’s an unusually high proportion. According to one state agency, Oklahoma as a whole spent 57 percent on instruction, and most districts spent less than 60 percent – a line drawn by Gov. Mary Fallin in a potentially far-reaching executive order dated No...

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