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Resolution

 

A Concurrent Resolution creating the Oklahoma Commission on Education and the Economy; providing for membership; stating purpose of the Commission; requiring certain report; allowing for certain reimbursement; requiring compliance with Oklahoma Open Meeting Act; and providing for staffing.

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE 2ND SESSION OF THE 56TH OKLAHOMA LEGISLATURE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING THEREIN:

SECTION I

A.   There is hereby created until July 1, 2019, the Oklahoma Commission on Education and the Economy.

B.   The Commission shall be co-chaired by the State Superintendent and Secretary of Commerce and be composed of fifteen (15) members representing the education community, economists, executives from the technology sector and the Legislature. The first meeting of the Commission shall be called by the Co-Chairs.

1.   The Governor shall appoint three members:

a.   a tenured faculty member from the University of Oklahoma with experience in advanced technology research and development, and

b.   a tenured faculty member from Oklahoma State University with experience in advanced technology research and development, and

c.   an executive from a company in the top 50 computer software, information, artificial intelligence, robotics, aerospace, renewable energy, and technology corporations in the Fortune 500.

2.   The Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint three members:

a.   a member of the House of Representatives, and

b.   a superintendent from a school district with a teacher salary schedule that provides average compensation in the top ten percent of the state, and

c.   an executive from a company in the top 50 computer software, information, artificial intelligence, robotics, aerospace, renewable energy, and technology corporations in the Fortune 500.

3.   The President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall appoint three members:

a.   a member of the Senate, and

b.   a K-12 teacher from a school district with a teacher salary schedule equivalent to the Oklahoma State Minimum Salary Schedules, and

c.   an economist with a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics or the equivalent.

4.   The Minority Leader of the House shall appoint three members:

a.   a member of the House of Representatives, and

b.   a superintendent from a school district with a teacher salary schedule that provides average compensation in the top ten percent of the state, and

c.   an economist with a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics or the equivalent.

5.   The Minority Leader of the Senate shall appoint three members:

a.   a member of the Senate, and

b.   a K-12 teacher from a school district with a teacher salary schedule equivalent to the Oklahoma State Minimum Salary Schedules, and

c.   an executive from a company in the top 50 computer software, information, artificial intelligence, robotics, aerospace, renewable energy, and technology corporations in the Fortune 500.

C.   The Commission shall study, evaluate and make recommendations for any changes to state policy, rules or statutes to improve the public education system, to build an economy that is competitive in the 21st century, and to incentivize graduates with technology and advanced degrees to remain within the state. At a minimum, the Commission shall identify an education funding plan for the next decade, a target growth rate for the economy, and an economic plan to reach the growth targets.

D.   The Commission shall also prepare a report of its findings and recommendations for the Governor, President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by March 1, 2019.

E.   Members of the Commission shall receive no compensation for serving on the Commission, but shall receive travel reimbursement as follows:

1.   State employees who are members of the Commission shall be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred in the performance of their duties by their respective agencies in accordance with the State Travel Reimbursement Act;

2.   Legislative members of the Commission shall be reimbursed for necessary travel expenses incurred in the performance of their duties in accordance with the provisions of Section 456 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes; and

3.   All other members of the Commission shall be reimbursed by the Office of Management and Enterprise Services for travel expenses incurred in the performance of their duties in accordance with the State Travel Reimbursement Act.

F.   The meetings of the Commission shall be subject to the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act.

G.   Staffing for the Commission shall be provided by the Senate and the House of Representatives.


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