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Oklahoma Board of Education grants waivers, diplomas to two

BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Modified: June 6, 2012 at 12:19 am •  Published: June 6, 2012

The board discussed the eight appeals in private for nearly two hours.

Four board members — Baxter, Amy Anne Ford, Brian Hayden and Bill Price — voted to turn down seven of the 10 applications. Board member Joy Hofmeister disagreed.

One waiver application will be discussed further at the board's next meeting, which is June 28. About 10 more appeals that have been received also will be heard at that meeting, a department spokeswoman said.

Budget discussed

In other business, the board approved the public schools Activities Fund Budget for fiscal year 2013.

About $446 million of the budget was already set because of legislative line items, such as salaries, alternative education and bonuses for teachers with National Board Certification.

That left the board with about $10.5 million in discretionary funding. Board members cut some programs and shuffled money around in other places.

But in the end, about $16 million in programs were left unfunded or underfunded, including reading and adult education programs throughout the state.

Board member Price said he regretted the omission of adult education. He and other board members expressed hope that another state agency would pick up the tab.

“It needs to be funded by someone,” Price said.