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January 29, 2013

State funds show slight increase

Overall aid at $35.2M

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NORMAN —

“It baffles me why the state legislature thought this was a good idea,” Superintendent Joe Siano said. “Prior to this change in ad valorem, the philosophy was for growing districts like Norman to slowly take less from the state and more from local revenue, but from an equity standpoint, if we don’t grow locally, then we go back to the state asking for money they don’t have to give.”

Burkett observed that in a matter of years, state aid to NPS has dropped about $3 million and WADM student count has increased by approximately 2000, documenting a steady decline.

 

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