New survey gives overall view at budget crisis’ effect on Oklahoma education

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OKLAHOMA CITY - As schools across the state are trying to pinch their pennies, it seems that children will be paying the ultimate price.

After state officials announced that Oklahoma is facing a $1.3 billion shortfall in the budget, public schools across the state prepared for budget cuts.

Public schools alone will have nearly $110 million cut from their budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30.

State leaders agreed to use some money from the Rainy Day Fund to prevent massive cuts to education, but school leaders say that’s only the beginning and won’t stop the cuts from affecting students.

A recent survey found that 100 districts across the state will be forced to cut days out of the school year, either going to a four-day week or starting summer break early.

Also, 1,000 jobs will be eliminated in districts in Oklahoma as class sizes grow.

Click here to read the full budget cut survey.

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