Whether you’re a teacher, parent, or just someone interested in knowing what’s going on in Oklahoma public schools, you need to read this article in order to have a basic understanding of what our schools are facing as they grapple with the current, and deepening, budget cuts.
Lately, it seems hardly a day goes by without another district official announcing how they will absorb the mid-year cuts our legislature has made to education funding. Many districts post these letters on social media, and as I scroll through the comments, I see responses spanning the whole spectrum of support and understanding to frustration and anger. School officials, particularly superintendents and financial officers, are well-versed in the nuances of financing public education. As many superintendents are faced with the challenge of this year’s shortfall while simultaneously bracing for even steeper cuts to next year’s budget, I think it is important for us to remember a few things about school finance.