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Senate approves classroom time bill

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Senate on Monday passed a bill that provides increased classroom time for students beginning with the 2021-2022 school year.

Senate Bill 441 was one of four agenda items of Senate Republicans for the 2019 session. The bill passed the Senate on Monday by a 30-16 vote.

State Sen. Marty Quinn, R-Claremore, is the author of the bill.

“Everyone can agree that it’s beneficial for a student to spend more time in the classroom learning from a quality teacher,” Quinn said. “More time in the classroom should help improve student outcomes and potentially reduce the rates of college remedial enrollment. It’s also important to preserve the right of local school districts to make decisions that are best to meet their needs.”

The bill now goes to the House. If the House approves SB 441, the bill would go to the governor’s desk for consideration.

For the 2019-2020 and the 2020-2021 school year, there would be no change to existing law. Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year school districts will have three options: 165 days of classroom time, 1,080 hours with a minimum of 165 days of classroom time and 1,080 hours with no minimum of days of classroom time if districts are able to meet the minimum guidelines for school performance and cost savings.

–Staff report

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