Henry urged to sign education plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Brad Henry is being urged to sign a bill eliminating some state school mandates and giving local school boards more control over teacher pay.

Senate and House Republican leaders held a news conference Tuesday to urge Henry to sign the measure.

They were joined by a state Chamber of Commerce official and the head of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association.

Henry will have until early next week to decide whether to sign or veto Senate Bill 834.

Oklahoma Education Association President Roy Bishop says the bill is "political gimmickry" that will allow school districts to overturn 20 years of progress in education.

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