OKLAHOMA CITY — The Republican-dominated Oklahoma Legislature is struggling to gain support for two education issues.

The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/1KQuVK4 ) reports that an education savings account bill barely passed through the House Common Education Committee, and consolidation measures died as lawmakers reached a deadline for getting legislation out of committee Thursday.

Under the education savings account bill, the state would pay a portion of the cost for parents who want to switch their children from a public to private school. The measure passed Feb. 15 with a 9-8 vote.

The consolidation bills that would unify some underperforming dependent school districts failed to emerge from the committee after facing strong opposition.

Robert A. Funk, head of Express Employment Professionals, supports the bills. In a letter to lawmakers, he said the Legislature could improve educational outcomes and strengthen Oklahoma’s workforce.

Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com