Remember back in December 2014 when former State Superintendent Janet Barresi announced that education funding from some property taxes was miscalculated, meaning some districts received more than they should have, and others didn’t receive enough. Even worse, this had been happening for more than 20 years.
Once current State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister took office in early 2015, she corrected the error for that school year.
However, that still leaves more than 20 years of miscalculations to deal with. So today, more than 45 school districts have filed suit in the Oklahoma Supreme Court in an effort to require redistribution of the two decades worth of miscalculated funds.
48 Oklahoma school districts sue state over education funds
Forty-eight Oklahoma school districts want the state’s top education agency to recalculate the state funding they were supposed to receive during a 22-year period and redistribute any over payments that other school districts may have received.
Oklahoma School Districts Suing State Over Misallocating Funds
A consortium of Oklahoma school districts is suing the state over misallocating education funds for 22 years. The state has acknowledged the previous error and changed the calculation, but the districts that are suing are demanding back payments.
Oklahoma schools sue state over tax dollars
In the lawsuit, the districts said they are in need of more funds than ever.
Lawsuit brewing: School districts shorted by state for two decades want back pay
Ponca City Superintendent David Pennington said the total impact of the state aid calculation error on his district alone is $13 million and that the statewide total could be upward of $300 million.
Bartlesville Board of Education agrees to file lawsuit against Oklahoma officials
Members of the Bartlesville Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to proceed with a lawsuit against several state agencies, in an effort to recover approximately $2.2 million in funds the district claims were illegally distributed to other Oklahoma schools.
Lawsuit to focus on 22 years of botched school funding
School districts sue state agencies over funding formula error
Attorneys representing 48 districts filed a legal challenge with the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday.
Click here to view lawsuit updates via the Oklahoma State Courts Network.