Oklahoma’s Secretary of Finance announced today that public education is suffering another budget cut. Leaders at the state and school district level are scrambling to adjust to cuts as best they can. The Oklahoma Democratic party has called the cuts a “bloodletting” while the Republican Party has remained silent on the matter.
— Ok State Dept of Ed (@oksde) March 3, 2016
Oklahoma Budget Woes Force Another Across-The-Board Cut At State Agencies
“These midyear cuts are already into the bone at some agencies, and next year’s cuts may go right through the bone unless serious actions are taken,” Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger said.
March 3, 2016 – Statement From Higher Education Chancellor Regarding Additional Budget Reduction
Oklahoma State System of Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson released the following statement in response to the additional FY16 budget reduction:
“The additional $32.1 million reduction to the state system of higher education announced today follows a $24.1 million initial budget reduction in July 2015; a $24 million budget reduction due to the first FY16 revenue shortfall in January 2016; and a $26.3 million budget reduction resulting from the oil gross production shortage in February 2016. These figures reflect a cumulative higher education budget reduction exceeding $106.6 million (-10.8 percent) for FY16.
More Huge Cuts
If the state continues to suck funding from public schools while its leader continues pushing for tax dollars to go to private schools with no accountability, how can we find a middle ground? I’d like to believe she cares about this crisis. I know many legislators who do, and my heart goes out to them for what they’re trying to do to help us. I just wish the person who signs bills into law would give me one reason to believe that she’ll sign anything that could stem the tide of this disaster.
Southeastern addresses latest round of budget reductions
In an email to campus faculty and staff Monday afternoon, Southeastern president Sean Burrage outlined steps the University is implementing to address the budget situation for the current fiscal year and also next fiscal year (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017): — Six furlough days (unpaid days off) for employees during the remainder of this fiscal year. These furlough days will save the University as much as $400,000.
Hofmeister on cuts: ‘brutal, heartbreaking’
“This is a brutal time for schools,” superintendent Joy Hofmeister said in a written news release. “A second General Revenue failure means schools will have lost nearly $110 million since the start of the spring semester alone, and that does not take into account next fiscal year, which looks equally bleak. Efforts that districts are making to cope with these cuts today will further impact the next school year, as they are forced to significantly deplete their cash-fund balances.”