State of the State

Oklahoma City, OK – Gov. Mary Fallin delivers State of State address

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma needs to improve its schools to better educate children.

Fallin made the remarks during her State of the State address Monday.

Fallin says lawmakers should restructure spending and educational programs in order to get more money into the classroom. She says that will require cutting down on overhead and educational bureaucracy by sharing administrative resources.

She also says officials need to find ways to encourage innovations. She says she's working with new Superintendent of Education Janet Barresi to find money for a new public-private partnership. She says the partnership will match private money with state dollars to fund innovative learning programs that increase student performance.