Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211


Agricultural News

New Rural Advocacy Group Opposes HB2078

Thu, 25 Mar 2021 08:32:22 CDT

New Rural Advocacy Group Opposes HB2078 During a virtual press conference Wednesday by the Rural and Small-Town Round Table of Common Interests, a recently formed advocacy group focusing on rural issues, group chairman Clay Pope voiced opposition to HB2078

The legislation will place greater hardships on rural schools, leading to budget shortfalls, potential teacher layoffs, and in some cases possible consolidation, Pope said.

Itís clear we need to do everything we can to protect our local schools, Pope said.

The bill changes the state funding formula for education, he said.

According to Pope, the measure under consideration, House Bill 2078 authored by Representative Kyle Hilbert of Bristow and Senator Zack Taylor of Seminole, changes the way schools in Oklahoma are funded by taking away from schools the option of using the current three-year enrollment high of students to determine per-pupil state aid and instead requiring that funding for districts to be based on either the current yearís initial enrollment numbers or the previous yearís enrollment.

This means that if a school has lost students due to economic conditions or demographic changes, it has no time to plan for budget cuts and will be forced to lay off teachers and cancel programs immediately.

Also participating in the press conference was Mike Wood, retired OSU economics professor and vice chairman of the group.

Local schools play a vital role in educating young people so they can be successful participants in our economy, Wood said.

The local schools are also a major source of employment for that community, Wood said.

House Bill 2078 has passed the House and is currently under consideration by the State Senate.

Click on the listen bar below to hear more from that press conference.


right-click to download mp3


WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI


Top Agricultural News

  • Oklahoma Grain Elevator Cash Bids as of 2:00 p.m, Thursday, April 22  Thu, 22 Apr 2021 15:39:04 CDT
  • OSU's Kim Anderson Gives an update on the Impact of the Freeze on Grain Prices  Thu, 22 Apr 2021 15:37:32 CDT
  • Latest U.S. Drought Monitor Map Has Oklahoma Practically Free of Extreme Drought  Thu, 22 Apr 2021 14:56:14 CDT
  • Thursday, April 22, 2021 Market Wrap-Up with Justin Lewis  Thu, 22 Apr 2021 13:56:39 CDT
  • In Case You Missed It: Here's What They're Saying About the Growing Climate Solutions Act  Thu, 22 Apr 2021 16:32:01 CDT
  • NACD Announces Climate Action Task Force  Thu, 22 Apr 2021 10:06:34 CDT
  • NAWG Launches Special Climate and Sustainability Committee on Earth Day  Thu, 22 Apr 2021 09:58:52 CDT
  • On Earth Day, USDA Invests $487 Million in Rural Water, Energy, and Biofuel Infrastructure $3.8 Million Coming to Oklahoma  Thu, 22 Apr 2021 09:56:50 CDT

  • More Headlines...


    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit Ag Mediation Program P&K Equipment Oklahoma City Farm Show Union Mutual Stillwater Milling Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association KIS FUTURES, INC.

    Our Road to Rural Prosperity sponsors!


    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com

    © 2008-2021 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.