Thursday, March 10, 2011

Please encourage your Representative to support HB 1746, make students and teachers a funding priority

House Bill 1746 failed to get enough votes to pass Wednesday in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. A second vote is planned in the next few days.

House Bill 1746 requires that starting with the 2014-2015 school year school districts spend at least 65 percent of the total yearly expenditures on direct instructional activities. The bill also requires that prior to districts implementing a reduction-in-force that will eliminate teachers involved in direct instruction school districts must get approval from the State Board of Education.

I plan to reconsider the vote on Monday. Reconsideration is a procedural motion that seeks a new vote on legislation if the first vote failed to gain a majority vote. House Bill 1746 coauthor Rep. David Brumbaugh, R-Broken Arrow, and I have already started to work with representatives in an effort to gain their vote.

We need your help.

Please call or email your state representative and encourage them to vote in favor of reconsideration and HB 1746.

Click here to find your state representative - scroll to the bottom of the House website and enter your address.

Click here to see how your representative voted
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