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Millions poured into OKC schools facing closure, consolidation: The city spent more than $15 million in MAPS for Kids money to improve the six schools now targeted for possible closure or consolidation by Oklahoma City Public Schools, data shows. Another $5 million in bonds approved by voters in November is earmarked for maintenance, technology and transportation needs at targeted Edgemere, Gatewood, F.D. Moon, Green Pastures and Johnson Elementary schools and Northeast Academy for Health Sciences and Engineering Enterprise [NewsOK]. Residents fear possible Oklahoma City school closures could affect property values [KFOR]. Oklahoma’s per pupil funding of the state aid formula for public schools has fallen 26.9 percent after inflation between FY 2008 and FY 2017 [OK Policy].
Take TPS survey to see agonizing choices facing administrators: The last day to complete a survey to help prioritize budget cutsfor Tulsa Public Schools is Thursday. Take it. The survey best illustrates the agonizing choices school administrators are facing in making — yet again — millions more in budget cuts [Ginnie Graham / Tulsa World]. Tulsa school leaders are girding for a state appropriation cut of as much as $12 million [Editorial Board / Tulsa World]. The survey is available here.
Accusations fly as House votes unanimously for $34 million DHS appropriation: Democrats and Republicans traded accusations and insults on the House floor Wednesday afternoon but agreed unanimously — and almost incidentally — on a $34 million supplemental appropriation for the Department of Human Services. Everyone agreed DHS needs the money to get through the current budget year. Apparently, the current budget was passed last spring with the understanding, at least on the part of some, that it didn’t include enough money to keep DHS going for a full 12 months, and a promise to do something about it when the time came [Tulsa World]. Without a supplemental appropriation, DHS doesn’t have the funds to pay providers for the care of more than 25,000 Oklahomans after April [OK Policy].
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