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Measure Details

State Question 779

Oklahoma Ballot Measure - Initiative Petition Number 403

Election: Nov. 8, 2016 (General)
Outcome: Failed

Categories:
Education
Higher Education
K-12 Education
Constitution
Taxes

Yes
583,429
(40.6%)

No
853,573
(59.4%)

Measure Text

This measure adds a new Article to the Oklahoma Constitution. The new Article creates a limited purpose fund to improve public education. It levies a one cent sales and use tax to provide revenue for the fund. It allocates funds for specific institutions and purposes related to the improvement of public education, such as increasing teacher salaries, addressing teacher shortages, programs to improve reading in early grades, to increase high school graduation rates, college and career readiness, and college affordability, improving higher education and career and technology education, and increasing access to voluntary early learning opportunities for low-income and at-risk children. It requires an annual audit of school districts' use of monies from the fund. It prohibits school districts' use of these funds for administrative salaries. It provides for an increase in teacher salaries. It requires that monies from the fund not supplant or replace other education funding. The Article takes effects on the July 1 after its passage.

SHALL THE PROPOSAL BE APPROVED?

Yes ( ) No ( )

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