The State Chamber praised House Speaker Charles McCall for authoring and the House Education Committee for passing House Bill 2074, which would provide more options for parents to select the public school that best meets their children's needs.
The bill passed the committee with an 11-3 vote and bipartisan support. The following legislators courageously voted yes to empower parents - the ultimate form of local control:
- Rep. Rhonda Baker (R-Yukon)
- Rep. Brad Boles (R-Marlow)
- Rep. Chad Caldwell (R-Enid)
- Rep. Kyle Hilbert (R-Bristow)
- Rep. Dick Lowe (D-Amber)
- Rep. Terry O'Donnell (R-Catoosa)
- Rep. Randy Randleman (R-Eufaula)
- Rep. Jacob Rosecrants (D-Norman)
- Rep. Tammy West (R-Oklahoma City)
- Rep. Todd Russ (R-Cordell)
- Rep. Mark Vancuren (R-Owasso)
"Representatives from both sides of the aisle made it clear they understand parents should be empowered to choose the right public school for their children," said Chad Warmington, president and CEO of The State Chamber. "This bill lowers barriers to transfers in a fair, transparent way, providing more information and more freedom to families."
"We hope the full Legislature will pass this measure and Gov. Kevin Stitt will sign it into law. Oklahoma's children should no longer be held back by their ZIP codes, and parents will have more flexibility to choose the best school for their children."
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