Almost two-thirds of Oklahomans favor tying public education funding to a regional average, the latest Oklahoma Poll shows.

Sixty-five percent of the 755 people surveyed July 16-21 said they support State Question 744, a controversial measure set for the Nov. 2 general election ballot that would amend the state Constitution to require per-pupil spending to be on par with adjoining states.

By at least one estimate, the measure would cost $1.7 billion over three years to implement.

SQ 744 is one of 11 state questions scheduled for the Nov. 2 ballot. The Oklahoma Poll asked respondents about eight of the questions, including one — SQ 754 — that is designed to negate SQ 744.

Observers have wondered what would happen if both passed, but at this early juncture, that appears unlikely. Just 22 percent of those polled supported SQ 754.

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  1. State Question 744 is just a big giveaway to the teachers’ unions.

    SQ 744 will destroy our ability to fund other essential government services (e.g. roads, prisons). It will ultimately lead to billions in new taxes.

    Throwing more money at an inefficient bureaucratic quasi-monopoly won’t fix the problems in Oklahoma’s government-run schools. It won’t improve our economic competitiveness. It won’t cull the deadwood in state classrooms. It won’t make teachers more accountable. It won’t reduce the administrative waste. It won’t improve classroom discipline. It won’t address the structural problems that insure mediocrity prevails over meritocracy.

  2. Did anyone notice all the items the parents had to buy for their children for the start of school? All schools were a little different but some even had copy paper for tests where is our tax dollars going? We lose more money in administration cost in this state than for anything else. In November we will be asked to vote on SQ 744 if it is approved, will amend the Oklahoma Constitution to require the Oklahoma State Legislature to fund public education to at least the per-pupil average of neighboring states. In an economy where the state is running deficits this is not a good idea. The money will have to come out of other state agencies. The teachers asked for and got both HB 1017 which raised taxes and the lottery which was suppose to be the answer to all their problems neither worked. Until we have a legitimate argument school consolidation to reduce administration cost these are nothing but band-aids and our kids lose. Vote no on SQ 744.


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