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Open Superintendent Seat Coincides With Potential Changes to Education Funding (Oct 27, 2010)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma will have a new state superintendent for the first time in 20 years who will be affected by the fate of a state question concerning education.

SQ 744 would give Oklahoma three years to start meeting the regional average of per-student spending of its six neighboring states. The proposal is estimated to cost the state from about $900 million to $1.7 billion and includes no mechanism for funding.

Independent superintendent candidate Richard Cooper supports the plan, Republican Janet Barresi opposes it and Democrat Susan Paddack has declined to take a position saying the people should decide.

Supporters say ending legislative perks and many tax credits would pay for the plan. Opponents say the proposal would mean large funding cuts for other state agencies or higher taxes.


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