The Senate voted yesterday to pass Senate Bill 1187, authored by Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, and Sen. Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview, which would remove mandates from public schools.
Proponents state the bill would empower schools by removing mandates and allowing schools to operate with greater local control. A majority of the school’s teachers would have to set aside their collective bargaining rights, and then the school’s board and the state department of education would have to approve the plan.
Public education supporters state that the bill would allow schools to cancel tenure and fire teachers. It would allow schools to hire teachers without a college degree, pay them significantly less, and avoid completing a background check.
Senators voted against the emergency clause in the bill.