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Hopefuls state views on education

Hopefuls state views on education

By M. Scott Carter
The Journal Record
Posted: 09:57 PM Wednesday, June 16, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY – They all agreed that education was important.

And none of them liked the idea of new taxes.

But after that, four of the state’s six candidates for governor began sharply defining themselves during a Wednesday evening forum at Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business.

Speaking to a full house in the school’s Kerr-McGee auditorium, Democrats Jari Askins and Drew Edmondson joined Republicans Roger Jackson and Robert Hubbard and the five candidates for state superintendent of public instruction – Jerry Combrink, Susan Paddack, Larry Huff, Janet Barresi and Brian Kelly – for a two-hour discussion about state policy.

Combrink, Paddock and Huff are Democrats; Barresi and Kelly are Republicans. Republican gubernatorial candidates Randy Brogdon and Mary Fallin did not attend the event.

Asked about next year’s budget, Askins acknowledged the 2012 fiscal year “would be extremely tough.”... FULL ARTICLE


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