“We can’t wait until the end of the legislative session for a budget because we need answers in order to know what to expect moving forward into the next school year. As we try to make difficult decisions about personnel and programs, we need to have as much information as possible.”

– Jenks Public Schools Superintendent and Tulsa County Area School Administrators President Stacey Butterfield, pressuring the legislature to approve an education budget so districts can plan accurately for the next year (Source)


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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