The group circulating an initiative petition for a statewide election to raise $850 million more a year for schools will deliver about 235,000 signatures for the proposal to the Secretary of State at 10 a.m. Monday, leaders of the group said.
The organization, which includes educators and other supporters, collected nearly 100,000 more signatures than was needed, said Leta Odom, executive director of the Oklahoma Education Association, whose members are involved in the petition drive.
The group is called HOPE — Helping Oklahoma Public Education.
The organization had 90 days to collect signatures but quit circulating the proposal Oct. 1 because organizers believed they had more than enough, Odom said.
The deadline to turn in the signatures is Nov. 3.
Because it is a constitutional amendment, HOPE needed to collect at least 138,970 signatures.
Kent Meyers, attorney for HOPE, said the petition states that the group wants this issue to be on the general election ballot in 2010. HOPE wants to increase the per-pupil funding for schools to the regional average.
The current per-pupil funding is $6,900 a year, compared with an $8,300 regional average.
If the proposal clears all challenges and is approved by voters, the increase in money for schools would be phased in over a three-year period.
In 2006, the Supreme Court threw out a taxpayers’ bill of rights petition, saying it lacked sufficient signatures to get on the ballot.