“School Mandates: So What?” is a short introduction to the 1889 Institute's database of public school mandates in Oklahoma. Many mandates, like the requirement that adequate lighting be provided in libraries, are trivial and seem meant to create potential "gotcha" moments for school administration. Others are anachronistic, like the requirement that a committee determine if a child with AIDS should attend school. Others are reasonable. Most add to the administrative burden and overall cost of public education.