New campaign finance reports reveal for the first time the primary funders behind opposition to last year’s state question proposing a 1-cent sales tax for education. The reports also show that backers of the penny tax, which was shot down by voters in November, outspent their opposition more than seven to one.
As the election approaches in Oklahoma, one of the big questions is whether many of the educators running for the Legislature for the first time will win or lose. An Oklahoma Watch radio report spotlights the campaigns of three of these political rookies.
Even in good budget years, Oklahoma teachers have swallowed the fact that despite relatively low salaries, they will have to spend hundreds of dollars out of their own pockets to furnish supplies for their classrooms.