Calvey Questions Hofmeister Budget Request

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Contact: State Rep. Kevin Calvey

Office: (405) 557-7357

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Kevin Calvey today criticized the budget presentation made by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister.


“In a year in which we are facing a revenue deficit close to $900 million dollars, Superintendent Hofmeister offers no real solutions for streamlining our education system to make it more efficient and to target student needs,” said Calvey, R-Oklahoma City.  “Instead she presented a plan replete with big-ticket funding of districts without accountability for how those dollars are spent related to education results.”


Hofmeister and staff from the State Department of Education were asked to present their fiscal year 2018 budget request before the Oklahoma House of Representatives Appropriations & Budget Committee in an open meeting in the House Chamber. Calvey was among a number of legislators that attended and asked questions about the department’s budget.

Due to time constraints, legislators were not permitted to ask direct questions or follow-up questions of Hofmeister, but instead submitted questions. 

“I appreciate House budget leaders for arranging for this presentation, and I look forward to being able to question Superintendent Hofmeister directly in future budget presentations,” Calvey said.

After listening to the more than 5-hour presentation and question-and-answer session, Calvey issued the following list of concerns: