President Pro Tempore
Senator Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 20, 2019
advances bill calling for increased classroom time for students
The Oklahoma Senate on Monday passed a bill that provides increased
classroom time for students beginning with the 2021-2022 school
Senate Bill 441 was one of four agenda items of Senate Republicans
for the 2019 session. The bill passed the Senate on Monday by a
“More instructional time is a critical element in the formula
of student success. That’s why Senate Republicans made this
piece of legislation one of our four agenda items for this year’s
session. When we look at education policy, everything we do should
put the focus on the student. Senate Bill 441 puts student achievement
squarely in focus by getting them more time in the classroom with
a quality, professional educator,” said Senate President Pro
Treat, R-Oklahoma City.
Quinn, R-Claremore, is the author of the bill.
“Everyone can agree that it’s beneficial for a student
to spend more time in the classroom learning from a quality teacher.
More time in the classroom should help improve student outcomes
and potentially reduce the rates of college remedial enrollment.
It’s also important to preserve the right of local school
districts to make decisions that are best to meet their needs. Senate
Bill 441 is a great piece of legislation that puts the focus on
the students and lets local schools make the ultimate decision on
their school calendar. This bill has been the culmination of a lot
of hard work by members of the Senate and I appreciate those senators
who supported this bill,” Quinn said.
The bill now goes to the House. If the House approves SB 441, the
bill would go to the governor’s desk for consideration.
Key parts of SB 441:
• For the 2019-2020 and the 2020-2021 school year, there would
be no change to existing law so school districts can choose to pursue
180 days of instruction or 1,080 hours of instruction with no restrictions.
• Beginning in 2021-2022 school year school districts will
have three options:
o 180 days of classroom time
o 1,080 hours with a minimum of 165 days of classroom time
o 1,080 hours with no minimum of days of classroom time if districts
are able to meet the minimum guidelines for school performance and
• The Oklahoma State Department of Education will promulgate
rules on minimum guidelines focusing on student achievement and
fiscal savings to receive an exemption.
o The Oklahoma Legislature would have to approve the State Department
of Education exemption rules.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Treat: (405) 521-5565