Senator John Ford, R-Bartlesville
State Capitol Room 424A
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 24, 2010
Sen. John Ford
FORD, SENATE APPROVE LOCAL EMPOWERMENT
Schools given opportunity to eliminate unfunded mandates
The Senate gave overwhelming bipartisan support today
to Senate Bill 2330, authored by Senator John
Ford, which gives local empowerment to education professionals,
bringing them together to improve Oklahoma’s education system.
Senate Bill 2330 is a voluntary measure that gives an individual
school or a group of schools the opportunity to opt out of programs
or state unfunded mandates within their given districts. By opting
out, this allows them to save money or maximize the education experience.
Once a plan is agreed upon by the local educational professionals,
which includes teachers and the administration, the plan is then
submitted to the local school board and then on to the State Department
of Education for final approval. If approved, the school district
will implement the plan and will be subject to a review at the end
of three years to verify the desired results are being obtained.
“Many teachers across Oklahoma continue to tell me their
concern regarding unfunded mandates,” said Ford, who represents
Craig, Nowata and Washington Counties in the State Senate, and serves
as chairman of the Senate Education Committee. “The purpose
behind Senate Bill 2330 is to provide an opportunity for all education
professionals to put a plan together that will help their school
system operate better without the hindrance of these mandates in
place. It is encouraging to see the bipartisan support on this legislation
that will make Oklahoma’s education system even stronger.”
Senate Bill 2330 will now go to the House of Representatives.
For more information contact:
Sen. Ford: 405-521-5634