State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said, "The difference this year is that there are no reserves. The state has nothing in reserve to be able to augment those funds and it's devastating for schools."
Hofmeister said even though schools have dealt with budget reductions all year, more are coming before the end of this school year.
"It's coming at a very difficult time. We know there will be expected losses in each month through the end of the school year, and we're bracing ourselves each month to see how great that hole will be," she said.
Hartzler said Union can't keep using reserves, and the continued cuts will mean fewer teachers at his school and everywhere else.
"It will certainly close schools in Oklahoma, and it will put everything we're offering to our kids, and the services we're providing, on the table for cuts because at some point you've got to balance the budget," he said.
Schools can keep no more than 14 percent of their budget in savings, so while that's a cushion, it won't last if the legislature doesn't fix the budget.
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