For Immediate Release: March 27, 2007
Co-Chairs Praise Education Provisions in GA Bill
The Co-Chairs of the Senate
Appropriations Subcommittee on Education both praised provisions
of House Bill 1234, the General Appropriations bill that invests
record funding in education.
Senators Clark Jolley, a Republican from Edmond,
and Susan Paddack, a Democrat from Ada, said the GA bill serves
as an appropriate blueprint to ensure critical services for
all Oklahomans remain intact. Both senators provided input for
negotiations in developing the base-level education funding
contained in HB 1234, and said the bill is a product of sincere,
“This bill makes good on our promise to
fund education first which is a crucial step in giving schools
the resources they need that affect the quality of education
Oklahoma children receive,” Paddack said. “It also
includes full funding for the $3,000 pay raises for teachers
passed last year, and provides money for another pay increase
for next year.”
"We are proud that this bill funds education
reforms, such as ACE and the Academic Achievement Awards, that
boost performance and accountability in our public schools,"
Jolley said. "It also fully funds the OHLAP college scholarship
program for Oklahoma high school students who stay out of trouble
and keep their grades up."
Paddack and Jolley praised key education provisions
included in HB 1234:
Meets the Fund Education First deadline for the
-Funds the $3,000 teacher pay raise passed last
year, and includes money for a new teacher pay increase next
-Provides full funding for the OHLAP college
scholarship program for Oklahoma high school students.
-Funds the first phase of the ACE Initiative
remediation courses, and increases funding for the Academic
Both senators hope the bipartisan legislation
will be signed into law.
For more information contact:
Senator Jolley's Office: (405) 521-5622
Senator Paddack's Office: (405) 521-5541