By Randy Krehbiel, Tulsa World

School consolidation is a popular topic whenever the funding of Oklahoma’s public education system is discussed.

Consolidating some of the state’s more than 500 districts, proponents argue, would solve most or all of the state’s education money woes.

Conventional wisdom is that the state’s urban areas are all for the idea, while the rural areas are against it.

The latest Oklahoma Poll, however, suggests less than overwhelming agreement that the state does, in fact, have too many schools, or that consolidation is a funding panacea.

The survey did find a clear urban-rural split on the issue, but perhaps not as wide as is commonly supposed.

Statewide, just over 50 percent of the 520 likely voters surveyed said Oklahoma has too many school districts. That figure rose to 57 percent in the Oklahoma City metro area and 53 percent in Tulsa, while the rest of the state was at 47 percent.

Representative Richard Morrissette on School Consolidation
Representative Richard Morrissette (D-OKC) discusses discusses how the public feels about the issue of school consolidation with Keith Gaddie, Vice President of Soonerpoll.

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Bill is the founder of and ShapardResearch, a full service market research firm based in Oklahoma City. Bill began his career in polling after working on a major campaign in Oklahoma from 1996 until founding SoonerPoll in 2004. Under Bill’s leadership, SoonerPoll has become the leading public opinion polling company in the state of Oklahoma conducting more public opinion polls for Oklahoma news media than all other pollsters combined since 2006. Bill’s commitment to go above and beyond the AAPOR ethical guidelines of minimum disclosure ensures that SoonerPoll produces quality results every time. Bill has lectured at Oklahoma State University on developing polling methodologies, data collection processes, and advanced likely voter sampling techniques. Bill also serves as an on-air political commentator for Oklahoma television stations.


  1. I would like for some one to tell me how much Oklahoma’s state goverment has grown over the last 20 years (different agencys, department and personnel) I have work for municipal goverment in this state for the last 20 years and have seen it grow substantialy. I have asked several Oklahoma State Senators and Representatives. Their answers are the same. Dont know but alot!


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