• Local school steps away from state dollars, officials worry more will move back onto dwindling fund

    By: Morgan Downing

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    PRYOR, Okla. - Quick facts:

    • Pryor Public Schools is no longer recieving state funding.
    • Education officials worry some of the 70 Oklahoma districts not recieving funding will have to start because of a downturn in the oil industry.

    One local school has moved “off the state formula,” but some officials worry that others will move back “on the formula.”

    Pryor Public Schools has become the most recent addition to more than 70 Oklahoma school districts who do not receive state aid because their district’s tax base does so well.

    Pryor has seen growth in their tax base over the past two years.

    Pryor officials are excited, but they said they are worried about all schools in the Sooner State.

    A recent downturn in the oil industry causes the State Department of Education to predict that many districts will begin to draw money from the state again.

    They will have to pull more funds from an already dwindling state aid budget.

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