Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 2, 2011
Sen. Clark Jolley
Bills ending social promotion and creating report card for schools
head to Governor Fallin
Two key education reforms are just one step away from becoming
law. Senate Bill 346, which received final Senate approval on Monday,
would end social promotion. The House gave final approval to House
Bill 1456, which would create a report card for public schools.
Jolley is principal Senate author of both measures.
“It comes down to the simple question of whether we want Oklahoma’s
children to succeed. The current system has allowed far too many
students to slip through the cracks,” said Jolley, R-Edmond.
“Unless we want to keep repeating the same mistakes, it is
time to try a new approach.”
SB 346 would target children unable to read at grade level.
“This is about doing everything we can to make sure the child
is prepared to learn by being able to read. As a last resort, they
will be retained in order to get the extra time and help they need
to master that fundamental skill,” Jolley said.
HB 1456 would create a grading system for schools, rating them with
letter grades so that parents and patrons can easily see how their
local schools are performing.
“I want to thank my colleagues in the House and Senate for
supporting these important reforms,” Jolley said. “It
means more children will be able to succeed in school, in college
and in life—and that means a better future for our entire
SB 346 and HB 1456 now await Gov. Mary Fallin’s approval.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Jolley: (405) 521-5622