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Audrey Stadler, an eighth-grade earth science teacher at Jenks, said funding issues require her to purchase her own classroom supplies like rulers, glue and paint. Stadler’s classroom includes a library of almost 100 books that she said she paid for herself.

“We do a lot of labs. We do a lot of hands-on things. And a lot of it comes out of my pocket,” she said. “It’s definitely something that isn’t provided for in our school’s budget.”

Education groups have thrown their support behind House-passed legislation that would appropriate $57.5 million a year in additional revenue for public education when state revenue growth is at least 1 percent until new revenue totals $575 million. The measure is pending in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

In a statement, Gov. Mary Fallin said she also supports more funding for public education. Last year Fallin signed a budget bill that included $120 million in new education money. She has proposed another $50 million increase for the upcoming year despite a $188 million budget shortfall that will lead to spending cuts at most agencies.

“Providing adequate funding is vital to increasing educational attainment and student performance in Oklahoma,” Fallin said. “Equally important are the careful implementation and funding of education reforms focusing on accountability in schools, child literacy and the creation of more rigorous standards in the classroom.”



House Bill 2642: