“We have no option,” State Board of Education approves $38 million in cuts

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OKLAHOMA CITY-  It’s a tough pill to swallow for many educators and parents across the state.

On Friday, the State Board of Education approved $38.2 million in mandated cuts, targeting the Support of Public School Activities.

The program provides support for initiatives ranging from professional development and STEM education.

“These are very difficult cuts to make, but they are unavoidable in light of the reduced budget for the Public Schools Activities Fund,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister. “We have made every effort to spare as much as we can in light of the significant size of this mandated cut, and we certainly recognize the importance of these fine programs. In the end, however, we have no option given this year’s historic revenue shortfall.”

Out of 28 programs in the line item, funding was eliminated for 11 of those programs and reduced funding for 13 others.

“As challenging as these cuts were to make, I am particularly grateful that the Board shares my commitment to such priorities as SoonerStart, alternative education, the early childhood initiative, early literacy and academic standards implementation,” she said.

Budget for Public Education 2016

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