Oklahoma Farm Bureau is proud to support HB 2775 and HB 1935 by House Speaker Charles McCall to increase funding for public schools across the state of Oklahoma.
These proposals would assist public school funding in a number of ways, including providing a teacher pay raise and increasing each school’s per-pupil funding through a $500 million total funding increase. Additionally, up to $300 million would be allocated to tax credits for students attending private or home schools.
Rural Oklahoma is the lifeblood of our state, and Farm Bureau members know firsthand one of the keys to continued vibrance and prosperity in rural communities is the strength of our local school districts. We thank the legislature for creating a measure that would provide much-needed financial resources for rural schools while supporting education across the state.
While the funding plan applies to all public-school students, the checks and balances the legislation puts into place will funnel a significant portion of the funds to rural school districts.
OKFB members applaud the state legislature for their recognition of this important issue and urge a “yes” vote as HB 2775 and HB 1935 move through the legislative process.