Multiple Choice Test on SQ 799

U.S. Senator Tom Coburn supports State Question 799, which would kill recent, if minuscule, gains made to education funding.

As you probably know, Oklahoma Taxpayers United, supported by former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, has launched a petition to put State Question 799 on the ballot. SQ 799 would repeal HB1010xx, effectively killing the small gain it provided to education.

Take this test before you sign the petition:

  1. SQ 799 is meant to:
  1. pay for Oklahoma teachers’ moving expenses when they take a job in Texas.
  2. repeal a bill that gives Oklahoma teachers a raise for the first time in 10 years.
  3. I don’t know. I just sign anything that Tom Coburn supports.


  1. Former Senator Tom Coburn’s nickname for his stance on raising taxes for any reason is:
  1. Dr. Who?
  2. Dr. Know
  3. Dr. No


  1. HB 1010xx
  1. makes pornography legal in Oklahoma.
  2. taxes cigarettes and tobacco products; raises initial gross production tax
  3. taxes illegal moonshine.
  4. I don’t know, but xx looks super-cool on a House Bill.


  1. Repealing HB 1010xx will ensure that
  1. children are taught by pretty much anyone over 21 who can be recruited to be in an Oklahoma classroom.
  2. children will get a much-needed break from their rigorous 5-day school week. Four days a week in school is plenty.
  3. my uncle won’t have to pay extra for his cigarettes.


  1. HB 1010xx is
  1. bad for business because it looks like Oklahoma likes to raise taxes.
  2. a good example of a very small step forward for Oklahoma education.
  3. I don’t know, but if there’s a petition to repeal it, it must be government overreach.


  1. Sign the petition for SQ 799 if you want your child to:
  1. be taught by unqualified teachers.
  2. go to school in a crumbling building.
  3. use old and outdated textbooks, if he or she is lucky enough to get one.
  4. have fewer class options such as AP, art, music and languages.
  5. All of the above. Oh, but wait, HB 1010xx didn’t improve a, b, c or d. It just gave a small raise to teachers, school support staff and public employees. Maybe the next bill can help provide money for materials, cut class sizes and help provide more options and days of school for Oklahoma children.

If you care about public school in Oklahoma, just say no if someone asks you to sign the petition to get SQ 799 on the November ballot.

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