Frank Keating on Education

Former Republican OK Governor

More funding for schools and colleges

Funding for common education, higher education and career education is at an all time high. We have funded more chairs in the higher education system than ever before, and this budget proposes to fund more, particularly in the technology areas, science and mathematics, in those areas where we are starved for available workers in Oklahoma to fill available jobs.
Source: State of the State address to Oklahoma legislature Feb 5, 2001

Supported largest teacher pay raise in state history

Last year, together, we passed the largest pay raise in state history for teachers. No great surprise, our ACT scores have now defeated every state in the south. We have defeated Texas in something other than football for a change. Our ACT scores now beat Georgia, the Carolinas, Florida, Texas, and Tennessee, all of the states in the south. We have the number one ACT high school in the United States at the Oklahoma School of Science and Math, of which we are very, very proud.
Source: State of the State address to Oklahoma legislature Feb 5, 2001

$80M in block grants to schools

    Today I propose a revolutionary system of block grants for schools that will encourage and reward success. These block grants [total] $80 million in three different areas:
  1. “Matching grants” to schools that cut administrative overhead and devote more dollars to spending in the classroom.
  2. “Reward grants” to recognize and support schools where learning is the focus.
  3. “Improvement grants,” to help districts achieve better performance and accountability to move toward the model, what I describe as a 21st Century School Model.
    Now, what will qualify for these grants?
  1. Are you offering and are you requiring that each student take six academic hours a day?
  2. Do you offer and do you require four years each of math, science, English, and social studies for every student?
  3. Have you ended social promotion?
  4. Is more money flowing to the classroom and less money going to administrative overhead?
  5. And most importantly of all, are your students learning?
Source: State of the State address to Oklahoma legislature Feb 5, 2001

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AK Frank Murkowski
AL Bob Riley
AR Mike Huckabee
AZ Janet Napolitano
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
CO Bill Owens
CT Jodi Rell
DE Ruth Ann Minner
FL Jeb Bush
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
IA Tom Vilsack
ID Dirk Kempthorne
IL Rod Blagojevich
IN Mitch Daniels
KS Kathleen Sebelius
KY Ernie Fletcher
LA Kathleen Blanco
MA Mitt Romney
MD Bob Ehrlich
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
MN Tim Pawlenty
MO Matt Blunt
MS Haley Barbour
MT Brian Schweitzer
NC Mike Easley
ND John Hoeven
NE Dave Heineman
NH John Lynch
NJ Jon Corzine
NM Bill Richardson
NV Kenny Guinn
NY George Pataki
OH Bob Taft
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Don Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
TX Rick Perry
UT Jon Huntsman
VA Tim Kaine
VT Jim Douglas
WA Christine Gregoire
WI Jim Doyle
WV Joe Manchin III
WY Dave Freudenthal
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