Senator John Ford, R-Bartlesville
State Capitol Room 424A
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: April 29, 2009
Sen. John Ford
SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPOWERMENT AWAITS GOVERNOR’S SIGNATURE
The State Senate gave final passage to Senate Bill
834 – the School District Empowerment Program sponsored
by Senator John
Ford (R-Bartlesville) today. The bill now heads to the Governor’s
desk for his approval.
If signed by the Governor, the School District Empowerment Program
will remove many of the unfunded state mandates currently restricting
the ability of local school districts to best decide how to use
resources to benefit their students.
Ford, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, said even though
we pump millions of dollars into education each year, schools
are still saddled with so many mandates that limit how these funds
“Senate Bill 834 is simply an education local empowerment
bill that will free-up teachers to teach,” said Ford, who
represents Craig, Nowata and Washington Counties in the State
Senate. “And when our school boards are freed from state
mandates, they can implement local programs tailored to local
"The School District Empowerment Program entrusts
our local parents, grandparents, education professionals and school
boards, with the task of determining what will work best for their
district and give them the freedom and creativity to achieve the
best results for their students," Ford continued.
SB 834 has been endorsed by the Oklahoma State School
Board Association, the Cooperative Council of School Administrators,
the Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition, the suburban and
rural school associations, and the OKC, Tulsa, and State Chambers.
“Education professionals from across Oklahoma
join me in urging the Governor to sign this important legislation,”
Ford said. “The time is right for these reforms to our public
education system,” he concluded.
For more information contact:
Sen. Ford's Office - 405-521-5634