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New budget invests in Oklahoma's future (OPINION)

New budget invests in Oklahoma's future (OPINION)

The Edmond Sun
Stephanie Bice Senate
Update May 17, 2019

When you look at the most important functions of state government, you can break them down into a handful of areas—education, public safety, transportation, health and mental health.  After years of fighting to hold these areas harmless as much as possible, it is so gratifying to know we can now make critically-needed investments in each of these areas. That’s what we will accomplish with the budget agreement announced this past week at the State Capitol, and it is being accomplished without any tax increase.

We’re increasing our investments in public schools, colleges and our career-techs significantly in the 2020 fiscal year budget. We’re boosting public school funding by $157.7 million which will include enough funds to make our teacher salaries first in the region, giving teachers an average raise of $1,220 beyond what they received last year.  There’s also an additional $74.3 million for the classroom to hire additional teachers or meet other critical needs as determined by our local districts. We’re fully funding the state’s Reading Sufficiency Act for the first time since its passage, providing resources to boost reading levels and improve learning. The education investment includes $18 million for our career-techs and $28 million for higher education... FULL ARTICLE

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