Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 3, 2010
Allow School Districts to Expend State Textbook Allocations Passes Senate
A measure to allow school districts to use state textbook allocations
for instructional expenses passed the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee
on Education Wednesday. Sen. Gary Stanislawski said Senate Bill 1784 would
help school districts struggling financially due to budget cuts.
“We have schools that can’t afford to pay their bills and
are going to be forced to start laying teachers off. It only makes sense
to allow local school boards to determine their greatest needs and decide
how to best use their available funds to cover those needs,” said
Stanislawski, R-Tulsa. “The bottom line here is what’s the
point in having new books when you have no teachers to teach those subjects?
In hard financial times like these, we must use our commonsense and do
what we can to help our local schools.”
Stanislawski was told by officials with Tulsa Public Schools that the
district receives over $2 million a year in textbook allocations –
an amount that could help save up to 50 teaching positions next year.
The Oklahoma City School district was allocated just over $1.85 million
for textbooks in 2010, which could also save a significant number of jobs.
School districts would be authorized to expend textbook allocations only
during the next fiscal year which begins on July 1, 2010.
SB 1784 must now be considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee.
For more information contact:
Sen. Stanislawski: 405-521-5624