For Immediate Release: March 12, 2007
Senator Jeff Rabon
Rabon: House Must Act Now on Supplemental Funding for Education
State Sen. Jeff
Rabon on Monday urged the Oklahoma House
of Representatives to act quickly in approving a bill to
provide supplemental funding for education.
the Legislature must provide approximately $40 million in order to cover the
costs of teacher pay raises approved last year and the increasing cost of health
insurance benefit rates, or schools could be forced to cut personnel.
“The House needs to send a bill to provide supplemental funding and they
need to do it quickly,” said Rabon, D-Hugo. “If the House
doesn’t send us a supplemental this week, our schools will be faced with
a funding crisis that could result in personnel cuts at schools throughout
Rabon noted that state Department of Education officials have
stated that supplemental funding must be approved by March
15, in order to avoid funding cuts.
have already been forced to consider the possibility of terminating certified
staff and support personnel and some already have,” Rabon said. “If
this doesn’t send a message about the urgency of the issue, then nothing
will. People’s jobs are at stake here, and the Legislature has
a moral responsibility to provide the funding and resources we’ve promised
to Oklahoma schools.”
said the Legislature has the funding available to cover the
increased costs, but that action must be taken this week or
more schools will be forced to consider layoffs.
got the funding to do it – it’s just a matter of
whether the House will get down to business and send us a bill
in time to get funding to our schools,” Rabon said.
that lagging lottery revenues have contributed to a shortfall in education
funding that the Legislature must address. Recently, school districts
throughout the state were notified by the State Department of Education that
their budgets would be reduced if supplemental funding was not approved by
the Legislature by the end of this week.
made a promise to our schools and teachers and we have to follow through with
what we’ve guaranteed them,” Rabon said. “But if the
House doesn’t send us a vehicle through which we can provide our schools
with the funding they need, we’re going to be faced with a crisis.”
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