Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Edmondson Puts Deadline on School to Work

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Edmondson Puts Deadline on School to Work

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Gov. Frank Keating's School to Work Council, which has been plagued by infighting, must be re-created by the Legislature this month or abolished, Attorney General Drew Edmondson said Friday.

In a written opinion, Edmondson said Keating created a state agency when he formed the council through executive order and instructed it to direct the program.

Oklahoma's governor can create a state agency only when the Legislature is not in session. After the Legislature returns to session, it must re-create the agency into statutes before adjournment in order for the agency to continue.

Keating created the School to Work Council on June 16, after vetoing a council-creating bill by the Legislature.

His order stated the School to Work system "shall be administered by the state Board of Vocational and Technical Education as directed by the council."

Council members have quarreled, among other issues, about whether the entity's role is to implement the program or merely to advise. …

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