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TPS Coming Up Short

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Dr. Keith Ballard talks with reporters.

Tulsa, OK – The economic news is not good for the Tulsa Public Schools. The monthly distribution from the state was over one million dollars short according to school superintendent Doctor Keith Ballard. Based on a meeting he had yesterday in Oklahoma City, he now fears a worst-case budget scenario will play-out.
Figures from the state indicate an 8-to-10 million dollar shortfall is not out of the question.

The Tulsa district already has a hiring freeze and 12-month employees are being furloughed. It appears administrators will be taking the role of substitute teachers. Ballard wants lawmakers to dip into its rainy day fund to help finance public schools.