Lawmakers Discuss Education Funding
Democrats in the Oklahoma House are expressing concern about funding for public education. Democratic House members will join state school superintendents, principals, teachers and students Wednesday to discuss legislative negotiations on an education budget. Legislation passed a decade ago requires lawmakers to present a public school budget to the governor no later than April 1st. Local school districts face an April 10th deadline for notifying certified teachers if their contracts will be renewed for the following school year. But in recent years the Legislature has consistently missed the school funding deadline. Lawmakers face no penalty for missing the deadline. Leaders of the House and Senate are negotiating a budget to fund state operations, including schools, during the fiscal year that begins July 1st. The Legislature must adjourn by May 31st.