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Will Budget Crisis Lead To Teacher Layoffs? | Blue Oklahoma
What will happen to this state if thousands of teachers lose their jobs because of the state budget crisis? What will happen to the quality of education here in the public schools if this massive brain drain comes true? These questions deserve more public discussion among the top Republican leadership at the state Capitol. Oklahoma Education Department officials told a legislative subcommittee this week that a 10 percent or $244 million dollar cut is the equivalent of the salaries of 5,000 teacher salaries. That doesn't mean 5,000 teachers will lose their job if the common education budget is cut by 10 percent because districts can cut in other areas, but it does mean there could be teacher layoffs.