OKLAHOMA CITY (April 4, 2018) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister made the following remarks after the House of Representatives today passed House Bill 1019XX, which creates a new revenue stream dedicated to common education:
“This strong bipartisan vote signals to teachers that their stories have been heard. They deserve to be respected for the work they have done tirelessly for kids with eroded funds over the past decade. This represents positive momentum after last week’s passage of House Bill 1010XX, a landmark piece of legislation which included significant pay increases for all teachers as part of a $480 million funding package.
“Inside the State Capitol, hundreds of educators, families and students erupted in applause as we watched the House vote together. I am so grateful to see widespread grassroots advocacy that benefits kids. I encourage the Senate to pass the bill as soon as possible.”