OSSBA, CCOSA, USSA Legislative Action Alert - HB 2642
March 11, 2014
***IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED***
March 11, 2014
The Oklahoma House of Representatives could hear HB 2642 by Rep. Lee Denney (R-Cushing) as early as tomorrow morning. HB 2642 must be heard by the close of business this Thursday or it is DEAD. HB 2642, as amended, is attached to this email for your review.
If passed, HB 2642 will provide annual automatic funding increases to common education for the next decade. HB 2642 creates the “Securing Educational Excellence Fund” which would ultimately provide an additional $575 million from the state directly to school districts through the funding formula. These funds would be used to boost the per pupil expenditure so that districts can restore the mandates of HB 1017 (class sizes limits, purchase textbooks, staff school nurses and counselors, etc.) as well as successfully implement recently enacted reforms (RSA, ACE, Common Core, TLE, Grading Schools).
HB 2642 only pertains to increases for local operational dollars provided through the state’s funding formula. The bill does not address additional funding increases for the OK SDE agency operations as well as supplemental needs in FBA, Ad Valorem Reimbursement and other periodic funding shortfalls experienced in the SDE Activities Account.
The Securing Educational Excellence Fund, as created in H.B. 2642, would provide an annual funding increase of $57.5 million to schools through the Securing Educational Excellence Fund as long as revenues to the state’s General Revenue Fund grows by at least 1% as certified by the State Board of Equalization each year.
Rep. Lee Denney agrees with education leaders that our students are as important as our state’s infrastructure and therefore common education should be funded in a manner similar to our state’s ROAD’s Fund. HB 2642 provides a common sense plan to make education funding a priority in our state!
We need your help TODAY!!! Please contact the following members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and send them the following message:
- House Speaker Jeff Hickman (R-Fairview)
- Thank him for hearing the bill and ask that the title stay on the bill.
- House Appropriations and Budget Chairman Scott Martin (R-Norman)
- Ask him to support H.B. 2642 and to keep the title on the bill.
- Your State Representative
- Ask your State Representative to vote in favor of H.B. 2642.