Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent: Legislature Should Increase School Funding

Tuesday, April 1st 2014, 9:02 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard says state lawmakers need to appropriate an extra $60 million in funding for Oklahoma public schools.

One day after speaking at a huge education rally at the Oklahoma State Capitol, Dr. Ballard appeared on 6 in the Morning to discuss the purpose and timing of the rally.

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Dr. Ballard said organizers decided to hold it on March 31st instead of during spring break, because by law the legislature is required to pass a budget on April 1st.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin announced on Friday that she supports giving public schools an additional $50 million dollars. Dr. Ballard says that amount would cover mandated expenditures the schools will be paying.

He says he'd like to see the legislature appropriate $60 million above and beyond the schools' mandated expenditures. Dr. Ballard says the districts would use a lot of that money for teacher pay raises.