SQ 744

On November 2, 2010, Oklahomans will vote on SQ 744, a constitutional amendment that would peg the annual education budget in Oklahoma to the regional average per pupil expenditure in six neighboring states. OK Policy has released an issue brief and accompanying materials on SQ 744 that makes the case for why the proposal represents the wrong solution for Oklahoma. (For resources and information on all 11 state questions, click here)

OK Policy Materials

Full-length issue brief

1-page summary

Hoja de Datos de una página (en Español)

Press release 

Op-Ed (Oklahoman, July 21)

School funding takes courage, not gimmickry (Vince LoVoi op-ed, Tulsa World, Aug 21)

Oklahoman video editorial on OK Policy’s brief on SQ 744

Oklahoman editorial: Think-tanks’ rejection a major blow for SQ 744 (July 25, 2010)

Our response to the statement from the Yes on SQ 744 campaign

Urban Tulsa Weekly article on SQ 744 (August 18, 2010)

Studio Tulsa interview with Tim Gilpin (pro) and David Blatt (anti) (Sept. 15, 2010)

“The Case for SQ 744” – Michelle Cantrell Guest Blog

Blog post: A State Question 744 parable

Blog post: Whichever way revenues go, education spending must go up

Blog post: Has common education been a budget priority?

Other materials and information on the state budget

Other Resources

The ballot language for SQ 744

Ballotpedia entry on SQ 744

Yes on SQ 744 website

One Oklahoma Coalition website (No on SQ 744)

Wayne Greene column: “SQ 744 not what it appears to be”

Wayne Greene column, “Dismantling state government”

Scott Meacham op-ed, “Ill-concieved issue wrong for the state”

Tim Gilpin op-ed, “SQ 744 on state ballot” (pro)


Oklahoma Policy Insititute (OK Policy) advances equitable and fiscally responsible policies that expand opportunity for all Oklahomans through non-partisan research, analysis, and advocacy.

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