Fallin, speaking in Tulsa, says she remains committed to education
BY RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Gov. Mary Fallin said Wednesday she remains committed to education but stopped short of promising more money for it.
Answering questions at a town hall at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, Fallin was asked at least twice if she would support more spending for public education. Both times she said she agrees more money needs to go into classrooms but she did not say she would support increased appropriations for K-12.
Instead, she said her administration intends to hire a consultant to study the state's education system and offer recommendations for improving efficiently.
The first hour of the 90-minute program involved presentations by Fallin and four of her cabinet members, including Science and Technology Secretary Stephen McKeever, who outlined plans for greater emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math education and training, and Education Secretary Phyllis Hudecki, who talked about the gap between student aspirations and academic achievement.
The town hall also touched on issues related to transportation, employment, business development and national politics.
Gov. Mary Fallin, along with members of her cabinet speak during a forum in the auditorium at OSU-Tulsa Thursday in Tulsa. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World