Oklahoma State Senate Communications Division
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 30 For Immediate Release: April , 2003 Clip
Education Funding Bill Adds 0 Million
To Public School Appropriation for FY 200 The State Senate Tuesday gave overwhelming approval to a preliminary common education appropriation measure that adds more than 0 million to the funds to be distributed to public schools in for the 2003200 school year, Senate President Pro Tempore Cal Hobson said.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the State Senate approved the 2003200 appropriation for K2 education by a to 0 vote. House Bill 0 includes the .90 billion for common education agreed to as part of the state budget deal reached by Senate and House leaders from both parties and Governor Henry last week. It further specifies that .2 billion of the total appropriation will go for Financial Support for Public Schools 0. million more than the amount school districts will receive through the state aid formula in the current school year.
Other provisions of the common education appropriation for Fiscal Year 200 will be worked out later as lawmakers tackle the task of writing a state budget in the face of a nearly 00 million revenue gap.
Were continuing our work to make education a budgeting priority in these extremely difficult financial times. Our public schools have had to make deep cuts this year due to a shortfall in state revenues. This measure not only stops the bleeding but it infuses more than 0 million into our classrooms, Hobson said.
Also Tuesday, the Senate approved a reform measure setting April as the deadline by which lawmakers will be required in future years to pass a common education appropriation bill.
Senate Appropriations Chair Mike Morgan, DStillwater, said the intent of House Bill 2was to ensure that school districts would know the level of their state funding for the coming school year before the April 0 deadline by which they must inform teachers whether or not their contracts will be renewed.
We always say education is a priority. This legislation puts our money where our mouth is, Morgan said.