OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill that would restrict public schools from the use of a four-day school week split the Comanche County legislative delegation and was sent back to the Oklahoma Senate after being heavily amended by House of Representatives.
Senate Bill 441, by Claremore Republican Marty Quinn, passed the Senate by a 31-17 vote March 14 and the House of Representatives 60-38 on April 24. The measure, which has become controversial with administrators, teachers and lawmakers, now returns to the Senate for additional consideration.
The bill requires schools to meet five days per week and gives school officials “more options about their academic calendar,” Quinn said. The measure also includes the $1,200 pay increase championed by Republican Governor Kevin Stitt.
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