Additional Funding for Common Education
The State Department of Education is asking for more money from lawmakers.
But, it’s not just extra appropriations for the next fiscal year.
State Superintendent Janet Barresi says she wants lawmakers to give her agency an extra $37 million as a supplemental for this fiscal year.
She says the money is essential to shore up funding which fell short last year.
“Everything from increase in insurance costs that districts are having to incur to needs for districts to teach reading to students and reach students that are struggling the most in reading.”
For the next fiscal year starting July 1st, Doctor Barresi is asking for additional funding of $289 million.
She says if Oklahoma wants to continue to be competitive in today’s economy, it must produce a workforce which is ready to meet 21st century needs.