Tulsa Public Schools Seeks Private Funds To Save Jobs - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Tulsa Public Schools Seeks Private Funds To Save Jobs

Posted: Updated:
TPS is searching for $3 million to prevent 75 teacher cuts this year and leaders say asking donors for money may become the norm. TPS is searching for $3 million to prevent 75 teacher cuts this year and leaders say asking donors for money may become the norm.
TPS says the legislature has left no other options but extreme fundraising in the private sector. TPS says the legislature has left no other options but extreme fundraising in the private sector.
Millard House says TPS will go after any foundation and donor who's supported the district in the past. The district needs $3 million to save 75 teachers' jobs. Millard House says TPS will go after any foundation and donor who's supported the district in the past. The district needs $3 million to save 75 teachers' jobs.
TULSA, Oklahoma -

Public educators call it a sad day in Oklahoma. Tulsa Public Schools says it's being forced to aggressively go after private funding to keep teachers in the classroom.

This comes after the state legislature approved the new budget with no new education funding. TPS is searching for $3 million to prevent 75 teacher cuts this year and leaders say asking donors for money may become the norm.

Some districts are going to unprecedented lengths to keep class sizes down and teacher staffing levels up.

"This is something that I never expected to be entrenched in or involved with as a part of public education," TPS Assistant Superintendent Millard House said.

Millard House says TPS will go after any foundation and donor who's supported the district in the past. The district needs $3 million to save 75 teachers' jobs.

"This is an immense need and this is something that we have to focus on over the course of time," House said.

The tactic is gaining popularity. Brian Banfield's position with TPS was cut out of the budget, but parents at Eliot Elementary raised enough money to pay his salary.

05/25/2012 Related Story: Tulsa Parents Raise Enough Money To Save Teacher's Job

Parents in Jenks Public Schools concerned about having the largest student-to-teacher ratio in the region recently gave the largest gift of its kind in school history. Eleven couples and some anonymous donors handed over more than $1 million to the district.

05/15/2012 Related Story: Jenks Schools Gets $1.1 Million Donation To Reduce Class Size

"It's a sad day that we're having to depend on already paying taxpayers to come back in and do more," House said.

Without the $3 million, TPS will have 75 less teachers next year. 1st through 6th grade classes would grow by one student, 7th and 8th by two and high schools by three students per class.

"That's a significant push, being where our numbers were already, but it's something we have to think about and do," House said.

Education officials asked for $50 million to avoid all teacher cuts for the entire state, but it didn't happen. TPS says the legislature has left no other options but extreme fundraising in the private sector.

TPS is launching fundraising efforts next week with groups that have long-supported the district like the Tulsa Community Foundation.

The district must move fast. It has to finalize the budget by July 1, 2012.

Special Features

Fallen Heroes

The News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

Health News

Find the latest health headlines & videos, plus get tips for healthy living.

Home & Family

Get ideas on spending more time with your family & improving your home life.

Politics

Breaking political news & the latest headlines from the state capitol & D.C.

Technology

Spend your money wisely with reviews of new tech gadgets & the latest news in technology.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Featured on NewsOn6.com

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • 6 Investigates

    Are you aware of incidents of fraud, corruption, government waste? We investigate.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.