School funding outlook distressing in an already difficult year
November 29, 2020
Oklahoma public school districts are bracing for additional funding cuts this school year and next, even as they currently struggle to teach students during a pandemic with fewer state dollars.
Choctaw-Nicoma Park Public Schools began the school year with $1.7 million less in state aid than last year.
“That’s significant to us,” said Kevin Berry, the district’s chief financial officer. “I expect to lose several hundred thousand more with the midyear adjustment.”
Mid-year adjustments in state aid are based in part on districts’ Oct. 1 enrollment.
“We’re down 400 kids righ...