Schools in Southern Oklahoma are still strapped financially after lawmakers gave teachers a $3,000 pay raise last year but failed to allow for the fixed costs.
Lawmakers assured administrators they would appropriate more funds to cover teacher retirement and social security, but the session is well underway, and that has not happened as of yet.
The fixed costs run about $450 dollars per teacher. Some schools in our area are having to dip in their reserves while others are looking at cutting back programs or activities if the appropriations fall through.
Local lawmakers say the appropriations will happen before the session ends.