The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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April 23, 2014

Bill to dedicate $600 million for Okla. schools passes

OKLAHOMA CITY — A plan to eventually boost public school funding in Oklahoma by $600 million each year has cleared the Oklahoma Senate, although the final details of the proposal still need to be negotiated.

The Senate voted 43-0 on Wednesday for the Securing Education Excellence Fund, which calls for an additional $30 million to be spent on K-12 schools next year. That amount would increase by $30 million each year until the $600 million figure is reached.

Stillwater Republican Sen. James Halligan says that to address concerns about earmarking more revenue, the funds would only be added in years where there is growth of at least 1 percent in the state's General Revenue Fund.

The bill now heads to a conference committee for further work.

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Online:

House Bill 2642: http://bit.ly/1fqbUJ4

 

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