Legislation to establish the School Finance Review Commission has passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 64 to 26.
House Bill 1578, authored by state Rep. Chad Caldwell, establishes the bi-partisan School Finance Review Commission to conduct regular reviews of all matters related to school finance including the funding formula, teacher pay and benefits, and administrative costs. The current legislation requires that the commission report to the Legislature every three years with the first report being due Jan. 1, 2019, and the last Jan. 1, 2025.
“In my opinion, education is the most important function of state government,” said Rep. Caldwell, R-Enid. “We must move past treating our schools and the education of our children as if it is simply a fiscal issue and acknowledge it for what it is – a moral issue.”