Remember House Bill 1017? It was passed under Republican Gov. Henry Bellmon and sustained by a majority of the voters in the early 1990s.
It was designed to improve student performance, compensation to and training of teachers, accountability and funding. It set the base teacher's pay at $20,460. More than 20 years later, beginning teacher's pay isn't much more. Right after HB 1017 passed Oklahoma jumped to 40th in support of education; now it's back to 49th or 50th.