State Question 744 coming up for vote Nov. 2

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• State Question 744 would repeal a section of the State Constitution.

• The repealed section required Legislature to annually spend $42 per common school student.

• State Question 744 would add a new Article to the Constitution. It would set a minimum average amount Oklahoma must annually spend on common schools.

The Pioneer polled 100 students:

SQ 744 would fund public education to at least the per-pupil average of neighboring states. Do you support or oppose State Question 744?

SUPPORT – 33%

OPPOSE – 50%

UNDECIDED – 17%

How will you vote on SQ 744?

1 | 2 | 3 | 4

• State Question 744 would repeal a section of the State Constitution.

• The repealed section required Legislature to annually spend $42 per common school student.

• State Question 744 would add a new Article to the Constitution. It would set a minimum average amount Oklahoma must annually spend on common schools.

• It would require the State to spend annually, no less than the average amount spent on each student by the surrounding states.

• When the average amount spent by surrounding states declines, State Question 744 states Oklahoma must spend the amount it spent the year before.

• The measure deals with money spent on day-to-day operations of the schools and school districts.

• State Question 744 would require that increased spending begin in the first fiscal year after its passage.

• It requires that the surrounding state average be met in the third fiscal year after passage.

• State Question 744 would not raise taxes, nor would it provide new funding for the new spending requirements.

—Courtesy ok.gov

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