Oklahoma Schools Get Some Relief With $1.95 Billion Budget Agreement

Williamson, Richard
April 2003
Bond Buyer;4/3/2003, Vol. 344 Issue 31607, p32
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Oklahoma public schools are using a $1.95 billion fiscal 2004 education budget agreement between governor Brad Henry and legislative leaders to decide how many teachers they can retain in the fall of 2003. The budget agreement was the earliest in the state's legislative history, allowing school districts to firm up teacher contracts by the April 10 deadline. The cuts come amid rising school debt to cover the costs of repairs to buildings. Carolyn Crowder, president of the Oklahoma Education Association teachers union, said the funding is still inadequate and vowed to continue pushing for a one-cent sales tax to produce more revenue.


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