Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 14, 2011
Sen. Clark Jolley
Senate votes to end social promotion; second measure would give
schools a letter grade
State Sen. Clark Jolley won full Senate approval Monday for legislation
to end social promotion in Oklahoma’s public schools. Senate
Bill 346 was approved on a vote of 36 to 8. While critics of the
bill said holding children back would stigmatize them, Jolley countered
promoting children who cannot read is a recipe for failure.
“Every child has the ability to succeed—but they cannot
succeed if they cannot read. Too often in Oklahoma, we promote those
children to the next grade anyway, and they fall further behind
every year,” said Jolley, R-Edmond. “Instead, we need
to end social promotion and provide remediation to get those children
back on track for success. That’s what SB 346 does.”
Jolley also won support Monday for Senate Bill 348, which would
give public schools a letter grade to show parents how those schools
are doing. SB 348 was approved 30-14.
“There’s absolutely no cost to the taxpayers. Our schools
are already required to release reports showing what kind of job
they’re doing educating our children,” Jolley said.
“The problem is those scores are difficult for parents and
patrons to interpret. Letter grades, like children get on their
report cards, will dramatically simplify the process and improve
SB 346 and SB 348 will now move to the House for further consideration.
For more information contact:
Sen. Jolley: (405) 521-5622