Last week, ROPE created a website with a petition to AUDIT THE OSDE. Two things:1. NO, we are NOT collecting signatures for a referendum vote on the taxes passed during this session by our legislature. Yes, there is a group to do that - Oklahoma Taxpayers Unite. Have we shared their information? YES. But here's the kicker - if we wanted you to sign their referendum petition, we'd ASK YOU TO SIGN THE PETITION. We wouldn't spend the time to create a petition to do it without your permission. That's simply silly information spread by people who will not get behind the idea of taxpayer - and student - accountability. 2. We've asked to have the OSDE audited for YEARS. If you don't believe me, check here and here. We asked Dr. Barresi to audit the OSDE before she was Superintendent. She promised she would - she even told Pat McGuigan at Capitol Beat.
Barresi said that one of her first orders of business will be to ensure that critical dollars are getting into the state’s classrooms. She said she will immediately direct a comprehensive division-by-division analysis of the Department of Education. And she’ll be working to contract with an independent auditor to conduct a financial and performance audit of the department.
The remaining agency list will be provided at a later date.
Though the bid is to close May 3rd, if the money has not been appropriated by the legislature to fund the Commission, no audits will be done until that happens. In the meantime, when someone says they can't sign a petition to Audit the OSDE because the Accountability Commission will do it, you tell them they are WRONG and then tell them why we must continue to press this issue if we want taxpayer accountability for public education funds.