Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 2, 2013
Sen. Earl Garrison
Bill supporting Schools for the Blind and Deaf heads to Governor
Having received unanimous approval from both the Senate
and House, Senate Bill 251 is on its way to the Governor’s
desk. The measure, authored by Sen.
Earl Garrison and Rep. Author Hulbert, will give the Oklahoma
School for the Blind and the Oklahoma School for the Deaf more leniency
in making decisions for their students.
“I want to thank Rep. Hulbert for carrying this bill in the
House as well as my colleagues in the Senate and House for their
support of this important measure,” said Garrison, D-Muskogee.
“This was a bipartisan effort to help these schools be able
to decide how best to address the unique testing needs of their
students instead of having to wait for approval from the State Board
Under SB 251, the Oklahoma School for the Blind and the Oklahoma
School for the Deaf will be considered local education agencies
for the purposes of purchasing and administering tests required
for high school graduation. The bill will allow the superintendents
of the two schools to make decisions regarding reasonable testing
accommodations for individual students’ disabilities. Garrison
explained that, for example, if someone has an astigma, or jerky
eye movement, and cannot track words on a page while reading a selection
on a test, this bill will allow the superintendent to provide that
student with a straight edge ruler to track the words. Currently,
any accommodations have to be approved by the State Board of Education.
“As the House author of Senate Bill 251, I’m very pleased
with the bipartisan passage of this bill with a vote of 90-0 today
in the House of Representatives. This is an example of common-sense
legislation that will help save time and money, and that will gain
efficiency for the School for the Blind, School for the Deaf, and
their local school districts,” said Hulbert, R-Fort Gibson.
“It has been a pleasure to work closely with Senator Garrison
on this legislation for the betterment of these two schools along
with our local public school districts.”
The measure has an emergency clause so it will go into effect immediately
upon being signed by the Governor.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Garrison: (405) 521-5533