Oklahoma

September 27, 1989 – Education Week
September 6, 1989 – Education Week
Gov. Henry Bellmon of Oklahoma will call lawmakers into special session on Aug. 14 to consider a constitutional amendment that would virtually eliminate public schools' reliance on property taxes as a source of revenue.
August 2, 1989 – Education Week
In an unprecedented move, members of the Oklahoma House voted this month to strip the chamber's Speaker, Jim Barker, of his powerful office just days before the legislative session was scheduled to conclude.

Mr. Barker, whose six-year tenure as speaker was the longest in state history, was removed from his leadership post by a vote of 72 to 25. Critics said the Muskogee Democrat's heavy-handed style had angered many of the chamber's 101 members.

May 31, 1989 – Education Week
The largest teachers' union in Oklahoma is threatening to stage its first statewide strike next fall if the legislature fails to take "significant steps" to increase funding for public schools.
April 26, 1989 – Education Week
Copyright 1989, Editorial Oklahoma's public schools are facing a fiscal crisis that can be averted only by substantial changes in the property-tax system, school-finance experts and at least some state lawmakers are saying.
February 22, 1989 – Education Week
Oklahoma voters will decide in a referendum next March whether to approve a proposed overhaul of the state's property-tax system.

If adopted, the measure would permit school districts to tap into local funding sources that have been effectively frozen since 1972.

June 8, 1988 – Education Week
Oklahoma's highest court and a trial court in Florida have rejected arguments by school districts that those states' school-finance systems violate the rights of children residing in areas with low property values.
December 9, 1987 – Education Week
A $1-million claim filed in Okarche, Okla., by a lawyer representing a 10-year-old student whose teacher strapped her to a chair and taped her mouth, was rejected last week by the local school board.

James Levine, the girl's lawyer, said he was not suprised by the board's rejection and intends to file a lawsuit against the Okarche Public Schools. About 300 people attended the board meeting to show support for the teacher, who admits strapping the child to the chair and taping her mouth to keep her from disrupting the class.

January 16, 1985 – Education Week

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