In The Know: Tax increases have ground to a halt since SQ 640, Hofmeister says teachers don’t feel supported, and more
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Oklahoma Tax Increases Have Ground To A Halt Since Voters Passed This One Petition: Twenty-five years ago, a majority of Oklahoma’s voters thought it was a good idea. Today, not so much. Back in 1992, following the passage of a controversial education funding and reform measure, House Bill 1017, Oklahoma voters pushed back against the tax increase with a state question that pretty much stopped all future tax increases. Led by stockbroker Dan Brown, voters passed State Question 640, an amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution that added new restrictions on how revenue raising measures could become law. [KOSU] What supporters of SQ 640 didn’t foresee [OK Policy]
Joy Hofmeister on teachers: ‘They don’t feel supported’: While the Oklahoma State Board of Education was approving emergency certification for 224 teachers Thursday morning, the chairwoman of the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board was launching an initiative petition to hike teacher pay in OKC. At the same time, students, parents, teachers and community members associated with North Highlands Elementary School in north Oklahoma City spent Thursday adjusting to news that the school had been recommended for emergency closure for being “in crisis,” according to OKCPS Superintendent Aurora Lora. [NonDoc]
As state education money dries up, local funding a safety net for CareerTech schools: Amid all the deep cuts in education in recent years, one Oklahoma public education system has fared better than others. Spurred by steadily growing property values, ad valorem taxes have proved to be a support net for many state CareerTech system school districts amid otherwise difficult economic times. [Tulsa World]
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