• Gist: 'Everything is on the table' when tackling $12 million in new TPS cuts

    By: Jonathan McCall


    TULSA, Okla. - Quick facts:

    • TPS faces $12 millions in cuts.
    • The superintendent says "everything is on the table."
    • Officials say they will release a plan this week.
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    Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist says “everything is on the table” when talking about $12 million in cuts.

    Gist says the budget has been cut four times in the school year alone.

    Now, the district faces the risk of seeing cuts every month for the rest of the school year.

    In a meeting Monday night, Gist talked about the possibilities of layoffs, school closings, athletic cuts, larger class sizes and more.

    The $12 million in new cuts come after the district started the school year with nearly $7 million less than the previous year.

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    In just the first three months of 2017, the district has seen nearly $4 million in cuts.

    This Sooner State faces an $878 million shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year due to slumps in the energy and farming sectors.

    Gist says lawmakers have to find new ways to fix the mess.

    She says details of how the district plans to find the needed money should be available this week.

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