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EDMOND, Okla. – Edmond Public Schools are facing substantial budget cuts.

According to reports, Edmond Public Schools is forced to cut $4 million from their budget due to a funding shortage.

Many believe that something needs to be done about the public schools budget.

Superintendent David Goin said, “Legislative action must be immediate to address current funding inadequacies or we will have no choice but to increase class sizes and possibly reduce programs and staff.”

Funding for public schools in Oklahoma has been cut 23 percent since 2008-2009.

That means approximately $200 million in cuts have been made.

Student population is growing and has exceeded 30,000 students.

In his 30 years in education, Superintendent Goin said that this funding crisis may be the worst he has ever seen.

Goin and  the Edmond Board of Education are urging administrators, parents, support organizations and citizens to participate in a “Rally for Education.”

The rally will take place at 10:30 a.m., March 31 at the State Capitol.

Goin said, “The Board of Education passed a resolution supporting the rally but our plan is not to cancel school on March 31. We value every instructional minute afforded our students so we will have classes on that day which makes rally participation of community partners more vital than ever.”

For those that cannont make it to the rally, Edmond Board of Education President Ann Kuhlman wants everyone to know there are other ways they can help.

Kuhlman said, “We urge parents, students and business leaders to contact their representatives, if unable to attend, to make our legislature aware of the severe consequences of this budget shortfall. The lack of funding will directly affect the quality of public education statewide.”

A free shuttle bus will be available for pick up and delivery to and from the rally at the Remington Park Racetrack from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Several parent groups will also sponsoring buses which will caravan to the rally from Frontier City Amusement Park departing at 9:15 a.m.

For more information about the rally, visit the Oklahoma Education Association website.