Hofmeister remarks on House and Senate passage of Senate Bill 601


OKLAHOMA CITY (April 25, 2019) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister today made the following remarks after the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 601, which strengthens elements of the Reading Sufficiency Act (RSA). The bill now goes to Gov. Stitt for consideration.

“Senate Bill 601 represents the final step needed to update the law, ensuring the alignment of the Reading Sufficiency Act with the state’s new academic standards and assessments and providing clarification on exemptions and screening instruments. We know literacy is of critical importance to our youngest learners, impacting every stage of their education journey. Thanks to the engagement of countless education stakeholders, the RSA law now provides clarity and flexibility to educators, students and most importantly to families, who should have the last word on educational decisions affecting their children. 

“We are grateful to Rep. Nollan and Sen. Stanislawski for authoring Senate Bill 601, and to both chambers for their support. I encourage Gov. Stitt to sign the bill and ensure that RSA remains an important piece of legislation that can positively impact academic achievement for our youngest students.”

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Last updated on April 25, 2019