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Bill to create review of school finance progresses

A bill by a local legislator that would create a bipartisan commission to review the state's education finances has passed out of the House.

House Bill 1578, authored by Rep. Chad Caldwell, R-Enid, passed the House Tuesday by a vote of 64-26. The bill, if it makes it through the Senate and across the governor's desk, would establish the bi-partisan School Finance Review Commission to review school finance, including the state's funding formula, teacher pay and benefits, and administrative costs.

"In my opinion, education is the most important function of state government,” Caldwell said in a press release. “We must move past treating our schools and the education of our children as if it is simply a fiscal issue and acknowledge it for what it is — a moral issue.