Chamber Applauds Gov. Fallin for Veto to HB 2625

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

by Kaylee McDaniel

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 20, 2014 -- The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber applauds Gov. Mary Fallin for vetoing House Bill 2625, legislation which would cripple the Oklahoma Reading Sufficiency Act by modifying third-grade retention requirements.

“Like Gov. Fallin, we firmly believe that maintaining the highest educational standards for Oklahoma students is essential to our state’s prosperity, quality of life and future economic growth,” said Roy H. Williams, president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. “By vetoing HB 2625, Gov. Fallin put our students and our state on a path to success by ensuring that our students can read before entering fourth grade.”

“Reading is a critical skill that is the pathway to future learning,” said Williams. “HB 2625 would weaken the Reading Sufficiency Act and result in advancing children to the next grade level without proper preparation. If this practice is allowed to continue, Oklahoma’s students will continue to struggle throughout their entire educational career. They deserve better.”