School Storm Shelters Still Controversy
6:46 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Legislative Leaders Don't Agree On All Oklahoma Mandates

Legislative leaders in Oklahoma say not all mandates are equal.

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House and Senate leaders say it's appropriate for Oklahoma to set academic guidelines, but they don't see telling school districts that they must build storm shelters.

Two competing shelter plans have emerged ahead of next week's opening of the Oklahoma Legislature. One legislator's plan would see the state raise $500 million, while one by Gov. Mary Fallin would let districts raise more money locally.

The discussion arose after seven children died during a tornado last year at Moore. House Speaker Pro Tem Mike Jackson and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman say safety is a high priority for the state, but they note that school construction has typically been financed locally.

The state also faces a smaller budget next year.

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