School Funding in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla lawmaker wants penalty for missing deadline

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma lawmaker wants to impose monetary penalties when the Legislature fails to meet its self-imposed deadline for funding public education.

An amendment to legislation pending on the House floor was filed Tuesday by Rep. Danny Morgan of Prague. It says each member of the Legislature will have one day's pay deducted from their salary for each day they miss the April 1 deadline for submitting an education budget to the governor.

The April 1 deadline is part of the Fund Education First initiative adopted in 2003. But the deadline has rarely been met. The deadline is 10 days earlier than the traditional deadline for school districts to prepare teacher contracts for the next school year.

Morgan says his amendment is a good way for lawmakers to hold themselves accountable.