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Selling HOPE: Candidates not enamored with plan

Selling HOPE: Candidates not enamored with plan


The Oklahoman Editorial The Oklahoman

Published: January 15, 2010

An official with a local teachers union blames the Legislature for the budget issues facing his school district and others across Oklahoma. It’s a familiar refrain: If only they’d give us more money, everything would be fine.

At least three of the people running for governor see things differently. At a forum this week, Attorney General Drew Edmondson, Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and state Sen. Randy Brogdon said they don’t support a plan to raise per-pupil funding to the regional average. Called the HOPE initiative, it’s scheduled to be voted on in November. If approved, it would require an additional $850 million per year be spent on common ed... FULL ARTICLE

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