The Oklahoma State Department of Education is recommending that schools do not purchase new textbooks for the upcoming school year since Oklahoma lawmakers did not appropriate any funds for purchasing new textbooks for the fiscal year, which begins July 1. Students will have to use tattered, beat-up, dog-eared books held together by duct tape.
Oklahoma Superintendent Joy Hoffmeister
The Oklahoma Legislature has a method to their madness. By gutting the state's education budget so it looks like a child's piggy bank account, the legislators are forcing the schools to cut back to four day school weeks and shorter school years. That means that students will have less time to abuse their textbooks, ensuring the books will be in as good shape as the previous year. In the meantime, if books do begin to deteriorate, the Oklahoma Legislature says "Let them use duct tape. Duct tape is the item that holds the universe together so why not use it to fix textbooks, the highway infrastructure, homes damaged by earthquakes caused by fracking, etc. The possibilities are endless!"
In an unrelated newstory, the Oklahoma Legislature approved funding for the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and homeowners to buy duct tape.