Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release:
February 18, 2016
from Senate Education Chair John Ford
“Several bills dealing with school district mergers, annexations,
and consolidations have been introduced this session in the Senate.
These measures take a thoughtful and pragmatic approach to streamline
administrative costs to save money and improve the quality of education
offered to students. At the heart of it, the members who have worked
on these bills share the goal of ensuring we’re doing the
best we can to focus resources in the classroom, where they most
directly benefit Oklahoma children.
“As Education Chairman, I’m grateful to the parents,
teachers and school patrons who’ve taken the time to share
their views and concerns with me, and with their own senators. I’ve
also had many conversations with members as well. I believe more
discussion and an exchange of ideas are needed.
“Oklahomans have a vested interest in improving the quality
of education offered to our children and grandchildren and in ensuring
our schools are operating as efficiently and effectively as possible.
With this consideration, I have decided against hearing any of these
bills, including one that I have authored, in the Senate Education
Committee this session.”—Sen. John
Ford, Education Chairman.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Ford: (405) 521-5634