For Immediate Release: June 6, 2007
Senator Clark Jolley
Task Force to Examine School Funding Formula
A task force has been authorized to examine how state funds are
distributed to Oklahoma public schools—that’s after
Gov. Brad Henry signed Senate Bill 925 into law this week. Sen.
Clark Jolley is principal author of the legislation, co-authored
by Rep. Ken Miller. Jolley said he appreciated the governor’s
support of the study.
“This is long overdue. It’s been about two decades since
anyone took an in-depth look at the school funding formula,”
said Jolley, R-Edmond. “We need to determine whether it is
efficient, fair, and whether it could be simplified.”
Miller said the School Funding Formula Task Force will consist of
eight members including educators and business people appointed
by the governor and legislative leaders.
“This task force gives us an opportunity to take an objective
look at the funding formula and determine what works and what may
need to be revised in order to best meet the needs of students throughout
our state, including those in districts experiencing tremendous
growth,” said Miller, R-Edmond.
Jolley said one major concern is that fast-growing districts currently
do not have any means of obtaining additional funds needed to prepare
for that growth.
“I represent Edmond, and in the past three years we’ve
added three new elementary schools with another one on the way,”
Jolley said. “Districts like ours need funding now to prepare
for the influx of students by hiring additional faculty and addressing
capital needs, but that really can’t be done under the current
system. It’s an important issue we need to consider.”
Under SB 925, members of the task force must be appointed by August
31, 2007, with the first meeting convening by September 30, 2007.
All proceedings of the task force will be subject to the Open Meeting
and Open Records Act.
For more information, contact:
Senator Jolley's Office: (405) 521-5622