Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 7, 2011
Sen. John Ford
Senate Education Committee votes to make Dept. of Education more
accountable to citizens
The Senate Education Committee has given approval to a bill to
give the State Superintendent greater control over policy, while
increasing accountability to the public. Senate Bill 718 was approved
Monday 12 to 5. The measure was authored by Sen. President Pro Tempore
Brian Bingman and Senate Education Chairman John Ford.
“This is about honoring the will of the people and who they
choose to direct education policy in our state. Every four years,
the citizens decide who can best do that job,” Ford said.
“Senate Bill 718 will make sure our state superintendent can
do the job she was elected to do.”
Bingman said the state superintendent should have the same statutory
authority as other statewide elected officials to implement policy
and shape the department’s direction.
“Oklahomans spoke loud and clear in November that they were
tired of the status quo in education, and they supported Superintendent
Janet Barresi’s desire to reform our public school system,”
Bingman said. “As their elected representatives, we have a
responsibility to make sure their voice is heard and their will
SB 718, co-authored by House Speaker Kris Steele, will next be heard
by the full Senate.
For more information contact:
Sen. Ford: (405) 521-5634