TULSA - A new plan hatched in the Oklahoma House would divert hundreds of millions of dollars from roads and bridges to education.
The bill sailed through the Senate Appropriations Commitee this week on a vote of 20-3, and now goes to the full Senate before returning to the House.
Written by Rep. Lee Denney and Sen. Jim Halligan diverts half of the money dedicated to transportation projects toward funding K-12 education.
Halligan, a former president of Oklahoma State University, says it's a matter of priorities.
"We are in a very, very challenging budget situation. That means that you're going to have to look at some of the funds you're spending now, and use those to address this issue," Halligan said. "Roads and children - in my mind both of those have to be addressed, and we are not doing a good job in terms of providing the resources we need to educate our children."
The bill certainly gained impetus from a rally of an estimated 25,000 educators and their supporters who rallied at the State Capitol Monday to demand more funding for education.
The full Senate will now take up the measure, before sending it back to the House.