Oklahoma mom says school budget cuts mean she can’t get her son to school

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A metro mother says school budget cuts could leave her with no way to get her son to school.

She says the massive cuts mean that schools are not accepting transfers.

Victoria Barrios is a busy single mom of four boys.

Her oldest, Isaac, graduated from kindergarten last year and is headed to first grade.

But Barrios recently learned her kids’ daycare, Southwest Child Development Center, doesn’t transport to Fillmore Elementary School, her neighborhood elementary.

So she filled out transfer paperwork and went to enroll him at Parmalee Elementary.

“When I got there, they told me that they weren’t going to accept any transfers, even emergency transfers, because of the budget cut,” said Barrios.

Barrios called the other two schools her daycare transports to and was told the same thing.

So she went all the way to the district.

“I consider my case an emergency situation because you know like I said, there’s no way for me to take him to and from school,” said Barrios.

Barrios works full time and has no other family members to help.

“Not having anyone to rely on makes it hard at times. So that’s where the daycare falls into because they help me out so much,” said Barrios.

“This is partly a budget issue,” said Mark Myers, spokesperson for Oklahoma City Public Schools.

Because of massive budget cuts, the Oklahoma City Public School District had to get rid of more than 200 teachers.

Class sizes will be larger this coming school year.

In fact, first grade classes could hold as many as 28 students.

District officials say they can’t go over that number.

“If we go over our student allocations, then we’re going to have an issue of hiring more teachers, which we’re in a budget crisis and we don’t have the money to do that,” said Myers.

“I even started bawling because you know I said it’s either quit my job and not be able to take care of my four children,” said Barrios.

Barrios isn’t sure right now what she’ll do and she’s running out of time.

Oklahoma City schools start Aug. 1.

District officials say they have placed Barrios’ son on a wait list and after the first week of school, when they have a better idea of class sizes, he may be able to transfer.

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