Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: June 23, 2011
Sen. Clark Jolley
Senator Jolley Praises Decision on Reading Program Funding
State Senator Clark
Jolley today praised State Superintendent Janet Barresi and
members of the state Board of Education for funding reading programs
throughout the state.
“Our recent reforms to end social promotion for students
who can’t read after the third grade can only succeed with
the appropriate level of support,” said Jolley (R-Edmond).
“I appreciate the hard work that Superintendent Barresi did
in making sure that reading sufficiency funding was addressed in
this tight fiscal climate.”
Superintendent Barresi today recommended that the board approve
an approximately $401 million school activities budget for fiscal
year 2012 that includes more than $6 million for reading sufficiency
Earlier this year, the Legislature passed and Governor Fallin signed
Senate Bill 346, a reform to end social promotion after the third
grade for children who can’t read at proficient levels.
Jolley said the reforms in SB 346 will help children succeed in
their most critical learning years by focusing on early intervention,
so that educators can identify problems and adopt individualized
learning strategies with children in pre-K and kindergarten.
“Children make an important shift in learning after the third
grade. If they aren’t prepared they fall significantly behind,”
said Jolley. “Moving forward, educators will be able to identify
problems and adopt individualized learning strategies with children
early so they’re prepared for academic success later on.”
For more information, contact:
Sen. Jolley: (405) 521-5622