Oklahoma State Question 744, constitutional text changes

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Back to Oklahoma State Question 744 (2010)

According to the filed paperwork with the Oklahoma Secretary of State, the following constitutional changes are described as follows:

"An Amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution adding an Article relating to the support of common schools, pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade; repealing Article XIII, Section 1A of this Constitution; requiring the legislature to designate and provide funds for an annual state per pupil expenditure in an amount that is at least equal to the average of the annual per pupil expenditures of the surrounding states; defining “surrounding states;” establishing that the state board of equalization shall obtain annually from each surrounding state the most recently determined annual per pupil expenditure for that state; defining “expenditure;” establishing the method by which the state board of equalization shall calculate the average of the annual per pupil expenditures of the surrounding states; requiring the state board of equalization annually to certify to the legislature the average of the per pupil expenditures of the surrounding states and providing that the average shall be the applicable annual state per pupil expenditure; establishing that the state board of equalization shall determine annually the number of pupils in the state with reference to the total statewide enrollment for the preceding year; requiring the state board of equalization annually to certify the number of pupils in the state to the legislature; setting forth the calculation to determine the minimum amount of funds that the legislature must designate and provide each year; providing that if the average of the per pupil expenditures of the surrounding states should decrease from the previous year, the legislature shall apply the previous year’s state per pupil expenditure; providing that no school district shall be limited to the annual state per pupil expenditure; providing for full implementation of these provisions within three years; setting forth the process of implementation over three years; providing that the education oversight board and the office of accountability shall publish an annual report on the expenditure of common education revenue, which shall include reports regarding the expenditures for classroom instruction and for administrative costs, providing that the education oversight board and the office of accountability shall publish an annual report on the expenditure of common education revenue, which shall include reports regarding the expenditures for classroom instruction and for administrative costs; providing that the education oversight board and the office of accountability shall also publish an annual report on student achievement results and the overall performance of common schools; providing that the article shall not conflict with Article X, Section 23 of the Constitution; and providing for the severability of invalid provisions."[1]

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