President Pro Tempore
Senator Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 4, 2011
Senate Will Begin State Department
of Education Reform Monday
The 2011 Oklahoma Legislative Session will begin Monday,
and legislators are making State Department of Education reform a part of
ir agenda in
session’s first day. President Pro
Tempore Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, and Senator John Ford, R-Bartlesville, are co-authors
of Senate Bill 718, which will give authority of
State Department of Education to
State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Control of the State Department
of Education is currently held by the State Board of Education, which is appointed
by the governor. Recently concerns
have been raised about
who controls State Department of Education policy.
“Senate Bill 718 will make our
State Department of Education accountable to
powers and authorities within
State Superintendent of Public Instruction,” said Bingman.
state superintendents must be allowed to implement
ideas on which
y campaigned and what
voters have approved.”
statewide office is required to answer to a board, we feel that it is appropriate
for our elected officials to have more say than an appointed board,” said Ford,
Senate Education Committee. “Ultimately, Senate Bill 718 is about improving
quality of education for
Bingman said an un-elected board that is not accountable to
desires of Oklahomans runs counter to
logic of a representative democracy.
“Voters elected Superintendent Janet Barresi
to do a job and we will make sure that she has
authority to do it,” said Bingman.
Ford added that, “the
people of Oklahoma have clearly requested a change in education policy through
election of Superintendent Barresi. It
is critical that we honor the will of our citizens.”
Senate Bill 718, authored in
House by Speaker Kris Steele, will be heard in
Senate Education Committee at 9 a.m. Monday morning in room 419-C.
For more information contact:
Senator Bingman: (405) 521-5605