State Superintendent Applauds Passage of Three Red Tape Task Force Bills

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 21, 2016) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister today thanked Gov. Mary Fallin for signing three bills proposed by the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s (OSDE) Red Tape Task Force. Hofmeister established the 51-member task force in fall 2015 to eliminate unnecessary and wasteful administrative costs and reporting in Oklahoma’s public education system.
She praised the passage of Senate Bill 1004 and House Bills 2544 and 2649, emphasizing the positive impact they will have on Oklahoma’s public schools.
“We are grateful to the Legislature and Gov. Fallin for accepting the recommendations of the Red Tape Task Force,” said Hofmeister. “These new laws are an encouraging first step in making school reporting and paperwork more efficient and less time consuming. In this dire budget climate, it is imperative that OSDE take the lead in reducing needless or duplicative mandates that cost schools time, money and energy.” 
The work of the Red Tape Task Force is ongoing.
“These three bills are a good start, but much remains to be done,” said Hofmeister. “Members of the task force’s three standing subcommittees continue to meet regularly to identify time- and cost-saving measures to OSDE and state policymakers, and we expect to have additional legislative recommendations next year. We owe it to our schoolchildren to ensure that teachers and administrators are able to use their limited educational hours and dollars in ways that directly benefit the classroom.”
The three Red Tape Task Force bills signed by the governor this legislative session are summarized below. To see the measures in their entirety, click on the bill number.
SB 1004: Changes reporting of students who drop out of school from quarterly to annually.
HB 2544: Changes the date for districts to notify the State Board of Education that they have adopted a school hours policy from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The bill also eliminates the requirement that districts submit a report on the impact of adopting an extended-day schedule and allows an extended-day schedule to be adopted for any grade.
HB 2649: Allows for two specified school days to be counted for attendance purposes in any 24-hour period only if one of the school days is for parent-teacher conferences without seeking a waiver from the State Board of Education.
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Last updated on April 21, 2016