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Town hall tour to tout penny tax for education

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma President David Boren will lead a town hall discussion on the state’s education funding emergency and the solution he is backing at 6 tonight at the Embassy Suites, 2501 Conference Drive.

The Norman meeting kicks off Boren's 18-town tour to promote a plan to raise the state sales tax by a penny to fund education. The next four stops on the #SignForChildren! tour will be Monday in Ponca City, Feb. 25 in Durant, Feb. 29 in Lawton and March 2 in Oklahoma City.

The plan is one of several being proposed this year to address the need for more funding for education.

Supporters of the proposed tax hike launched a 90-day statewide signature drive Tuesday at the Oklahoma City headquarters of Oklahoma’s Children — Our Future.

Campaign workers have until May 16 to collect the roughly 124,000 signatures needed to put the question on the November ballot. If they are successful, voters will decide whether to raise the state sales tax from 4.5 percent to 5.5 percent to give teachers a $5,000 raise and fund a variety of education programs for students from early childhood to college.

Opponents say the tax hike would be harmful to Oklahoma cities and towns, which rely heavily on local sales taxes to fund operations.

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K.S. McNutt

Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from... Read more ›