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Planned education rally angers lawmakers

Two state lawmakers are chastising Oklahoma school districts that are planning to give teachers and students a day off so they can lobby for more education funding at the state Capitol.
by Randy Ellis Published: February 7, 2014
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Sand Springs Superintendent Lloyd Snow said he believes as many as 300 districts may join in the rally and he believes that is totally appropriate, including the use of school buses to transport participants.

“We are going to make up the day for kids,” Snow said. “The buses are routinely leased and they'll be privately funded…. This is a big deal. It's about kids and education and it's about communities coming together to support education…. It's a day to pause and really reflect on what's important in the state of Oklahoma.”

The Oklahoma City school district is not planning to participate in the rally, said Tierney Tinnin, district spokeswoman.

by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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