State Education Budgets Across the Country Are in Crisis. Here's Why.
April 6, 2018: This week, striking teachers across Oklahoma have been following in the footsteps of their counterparts in West Virginia. Their grievances, like those of so many teachers across the country, focus not only on low wages but the general lack of funding from the statehouse for basic operational costs. Public schools are dealing with a shortage of supplies, outdated textbooks, poorly maintained buildings, and in some cases, a four-day school week. Since 2008, a confluence of factors, both political and economical, have pushed Oklahoma's state government to continually slash the education budget. The Takeaway looks at the protests unfolding in Oklahoma and how fiscal policy across the board has set the ground for the dismal state of education funding. Plus, we examine the startling number of Mexican children born to incarcerated mothers and raised in the prison system.