State Question 801 fails to pass in Oklahoma by small margin

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State Question 801 fails to pass in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs made a statement after SQ801 failed to pass:

Union politics killed State Question 801 tonight. Powerful union executives would rather preserve funding silos that benefit special interests than let money flow to the classroom. State Question 801’s failure also suggests that some local communities don’t trust their own school boards to make financial decisions.

The legislature had proposed lifting the constitutional restrictions on the permanent school millage's authorized in Article X, Section 10. SQ 801 would have allowed local districts to decide how to spend the proceeds from the 15 mills.

Opponents of the state question said it would not increase overall school funding and could be used to rationalize reducing appropriations.