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Oklahoma education plan draws fire

Oklahoma education plan draws fire

Group says constitutional amendment would hurt other state agencies



Published: March 30, 2010

A proposed amendment to the state constitution would put critical funding for Oklahoma roads at risk if it were to pass, transportation advocates said Monday.

Members of the Transportation Revenues Used Strictly for Transportation road funding coalition voiced their opposition to State Question 744, which would require public education to be funded on par with the regional average. The question would take up to $850 million from other agencies to fund public education.

Neal McCaleb, president of the coalition, called the state question a threat to the state’s transportation system that has gone "chronically under-funded” until the past few years.

"All of us are interested in education,” McCaleb said. "But State Question 744 is the wrong thing at the wrong time when the Legislature is so strapped.”... FULL ARTICLE


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