Education Funding

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that a proposed penny sales tax that would pay for a teacher pay raise and fund other areas of education in Oklahoma can be placed on a ballot for a statewide vote.

In a 6-3 decision Tuesday, the state's highest court rejected claims that measure unconstitutionally combines multiple subjects into a single vote.

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The state Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday over the legality of a petition to fund education through a one-cent sales tax. The debate focuses on whether the petition should be broken down in to multiple subjects, or remain as one.

Attorneys for OCPA Impact, argued that the initiative petition would do four things:

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University of Oklahoma President, David Boren, and his education advocacy group filed a petition with the Secretary of State Monday, that will ask voters to support a one-cent sales tax increase to fund education.

“Are our kids worth a penny?” Boren asked his listeners at the state capitol.

Various estimates say the tax could cost an Oklahoma family anywhere from $75 to $250 a year.

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OU President David Boren wants Oklahomans to vote on a $0.01 percent sales tax increase—that would be used to fund education.

The Washington Post looks at the variation in education spending across the nation and maps out per pupil spending by state. Oklahoma is currently ranked 47th in spending at $7,672 per pupil.

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Funding for Education in Oklahoma has historically been low. But depending on who you ask—the dollar amount that the state spends varies widely. As do our national rankings.

One lawmaker is fed up with the confusion and is pushing a bill through the legislature to nail it down.

If you divide 4.9 billion by 631,000, what do you get?

Oklahoma’s per pupil expenditure. Or, the amount of money the state spent on each kid’s education in 2013.

In short, that’s $7,740 according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

That’s low by national standards. In fact, it puts Oklahoma at 49th out of 50 states according to the US Census Bureau.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and former Democratic lawmaker Sid Hudson talk about the testing outage which sent the State Department of Education into damage control more, the Governor is getting her long awaited tax cut bill, a bond issue for Capitol repairs goes down in flames in the State House and the Senate advances a measure to give more money to education.

  More than 25,000 Oklahomans made their way to the Capitol on Monday to show support for Education.

The crowd included educators, parents, students and supporters from all corners of the state.

The chanting of more than 25,000 people fills the area south of the Capitol as the crowd stretches from the large steps past the dormant oil rig known as Petunia One and into the visitor parking lot.

Most of the attendees are wearing red to support education.

Dawna Watkins comes from Justus-Tiawah in Claremore.