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November showdown looms over Oklahoma education funding

November showdown looms over Oklahoma education funding

Updated: Jun 20, 2010 5:23 PM

Associated Press,

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A showdown involving some of Oklahoma's biggest political heavyweights is brewing, with major money flowing into the campaigns of both sides, but it doesn't involve a candidate on the November ballot.

The battle is over funding for common education, and it pits the state and national teacher unions against business and industry, agriculture groups and the powerful transportation lobby.

State Question 744, also known as the Helping Oklahoma Public Education, or HOPE, initiative would amend the state constitution to require the state within three years to meet the regional average of per-student spending in surrounding states.

The plan is drawing fierce resistance from a coalition that includes chambers of commerce, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, the transportation industry and the state workers union. Dubbed the One Oklahoma Coalition, the group already has raised close to half a million dollars and plans to launch a vigorous media blitz in the months leading up to the Nov. 2 vote... FULL ARTICLE


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