It will take more than passing a sizable pay raise for teachers to solve Oklahoma’s education funding needs, according to state Superintendent Joy Hofmeister. She told lawmakers Wednesday that the Department of Education is seeking $2.6 billion in state funds for next fiscal year – a $221 million increase over its current spending level.
A recent federal court ruling, and a new calculation, could open a wave of redistricting challenges across the country. And that includes Oklahoma, where Republicans now control nearly 80 percent of the statehouse seats.
If Gov. Mary Fallin joins President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb will step in to finish the two years left in her term. Would that mean status quo in terms of policies or bring any significant changes?
Republicans built further on their dominance of the state Legislature on Tuesday by securing a net gain of seven House and Senate seats. Yet a large freshman class, coupled with severe budget challenges, could spawn different approaches.