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Key events in Oklahoma common education

Oklahoman Modified: July 27, 2012 at 8:36 pm •  Published: July 29, 2012
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2009: In March, state senators pass Senate Bill 834, also known as the School District Empowerment Program. Part of the program would have given local school district officials authority in how state funds were spent with a few exceptions. In May, Gov. Brad Henry vetoed SB 834, saying the bill would “essentially turn back the clock on much of that important progress and weaken landmark reforms by allowing school administrators to create their own rules and ignore more rigorous state standards...”

2010: Oklahomans defeat State Question 744, also known as the Helping Oklahoma Public Education Act. SQ 744 would have mandated that Oklahoma spend at least the regional average per student on common education.

June 2012: Gov. Mary Fallin tells the Oklahoma Press Association convention she will encourage public school districts to consolidate or share administrative services.

Sources: Oklahoma Education Association, Schoolreportcard.org, Oklahoma State Department of Education, Oklahoma Historical Society, School Annexation and Consolidation in Oklahoma: 2009, Oklahoma State Legislature, Ballotpedia.org


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