Tulsa-area schools see mixed funding in midyear adjustments in state aid

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

“It’s still a struggle because the Legislature hasn’t been appropriating to the state aid formula for several years, so we are behind,” Jenks Chief Financial Officer Cody Way said.

Tulsa Public Schools received $1.7 million more in state aid from its initial 2014 allocation, which was $500,000 more than administrators had expected, said Chris Payne, district spokesman.

“What drove the increase was our bilingual student count, as it’s a weighted factor in the formula,” Payne said.

“Bilingual students increased 33 percent for this school year. It’s not really that we grew by that many students, necessarily, it’s that we did a more accurate job of accounting for bilingual students.”

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