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Editorial: Legislature missing April 1 deadline to help schools tells us what we need to know

Editorial: Legislature missing April 1 deadline to help schools tells us what we need to know


E AROUND THE BLOCK MAY NOT BE NECESSARY. WHY THIS CRIB IS THE ANSWER.>>THIS IS AN EDITORIAL. APRIL 1, APRIL FOOLS’ DAY, A DAY TO PLAY HARMLESS PRANKS ON FRIENDS AND COWORKERS. APRIL 1 IS ALSO THE DAY BY LAW THAT THE OKLAHOMA LEGISLATURE WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE PROVIDED AN EDUCATION BUDGET. GUESS WHAT — THEY DID NOT FOLLOW THE LAW. IN 2003, REPUBLICANS PUSHED THE DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATURE TO REQUIRE AN EDUCATION BUDGET BE SET BY APRIL 1 SO SCHOOL DISTRICTS CAN PLAN FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR LIKE HIRING TEACHERS. AND GIVEN OUR CURRENT BUDGET SITUATION AND ACTIVE RECRUITING BY NEIGHBORING STATES, THE NEED FOR A BUDGET IS MORE CRITICAL. THE FACT IS, SINCE 2003, THE — THE REQUIREMENT HAS BEEN DELIVERED ON ONLY ONCE. AT THE START OF THE SESSION WE ASKED THE LEGISLATURE TO PRIORITIZE A BUDGET INCLUDING INCREASED FUNDING FOR EDUCATION. WE ASKED THEM TO SET ASIDE OTHER ISSUES THAT ARE NOT AS IMPORTANT. MISSING THE APRIL 1 DEADLINE TELLS US WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW. KOCO HAS TOLD YOU HOW DISTRICTS ALL OVER THE STATE ARE BRACING FOR CUTS. BUT THE LEGISLATURE NEEDS TO LET THEM KNOW HOW DEEP THOSE CUTS WILL BE AND THEY SHOULD SIMPLY FOLLOW THEIR OWN RULES.

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