Officials announce $3.4 million heading back to Oklahoma schools

School classroom

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OKLAHOMA CITY – There is some financial relief heading to Oklahoma schools.

After state officials announced a $1.3 billion budget shortfall, school districts across Oklahoma began taking drastic steps to reduce how much money they spent.

As a result, nearly 1,500 teaching positions were eliminated, popular programs were disbanded and class sizes grew. Also, districts reported eliminating 1,300 support positions since last year.

Now, several districts will be getting some money back to pay for school activities, including SoonerStart and Advanced Placement teacher training.

The Oklahoma State Board of Education is sending $3.4 million back to the schools, money that had been cut due to our state’s tattered finances.

It won’t restore all the money from the public activities fund because it was reduced by nearly $14 million.

To learn more about how the returned funds are being spent, visit the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s website.